Obesity is one of the silent killers across the world giving rise to fatal disease, claiming the lives of millions of people annually. In the United States alone, the rate of obesity is alarming and everyone in five Americans have become a victim of this disease. Prompt actions are needed to inform people about the importance of health and being physically fit.
According to latest data presented by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 20% or more individuals are suffering from obesity and its related disorders. The obesity-related data was gathered from 50 states of America. This data will help the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to take appropriate measures before the disease goes out of control.
Compare to the data gathered from 2000, the rate of obesity in 45 states out of the total 50 states was more than 25%. West Virginia ranked first with the highest number of obese individuals and the Colorado reported the lowest number of obese individuals. Washington and Minnesota were also in the list of obese individuals.
The southern states of America like Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama were more prone to obesity compared to the Midwest, Northeast and western states. Also, some states like Kansas have reported a decrease in the obesity rate and some others reported a stable obesity rate.
The researchers of the study advise policy makers to launch innovative programs at the state, local and community level to increase the awareness about the disease. The obesity prevention, control, and management should be one of the prime importance as it increases the risk of deadly diseases.
Many previous studies have proved that the risk of cardiovascular disorders, stroke, cancer, blood pressure increases with an increase in weight. Not only America other countries are also reporting an alarming rise in the number of obese individuals.