Obesity rates reach historic highs in more U.S. states

October 20, 2014

Rates of adult obesity increased in six U.S. states and fell in none last year, and in more states than ever— 20— at least 30 percent of adults are obese, according to an analysis released on Sept. 4. The conclusions were reported by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and […]

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Child obesity levels hold steady in West Virginia

August 8, 2014

One of the early signals that West Virginia was developing a child obesity problem came from the work of Huntington, W. Va., native Dr. William A. Neal. For the past 16 years, Neal has been checking the weight and health of elementary school students in the state through the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s […]

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2.1 billion people worldwide are overweight or obese

July 14, 2014

By Karen Kaplan The world isn’t getting smaller, it’s getting bigger, according to a comprehensive report published May 29 in The Lancet. Whether you’re looking at men or women, children or adults, citizens of rich countries or poor ones, people were much more likely to be overweight or obese in 2013 than they were in […]

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Obese states: The highest and lowest rates of obesity, by state

March 18, 2013

The obesity rate in the United States is, on a whole, staying steady, according to a new Gallup-Healthways report. The report shows that the obesity rate was 26.2 percent in 2012, which is about the same as the 26.1 percent rate in 2011. State obesity rates have also largely remained unchanged, with only three states experiencing an increase in […]

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