U.S. obesity rates finally leveling off: Report

U.S. obesity rates finally leveling off: Report

A new report released by nonprofits Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has indicated that obesity rates in the United States are finally leveling off.

According to the report, obesity rates among adults remained stable in 45 states between 2015 and 2016. Merely four states, viz. Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and West Virginia, reported increases in obesity rates.

Kansas reported a notable decrease in obesity rates among its residents during the same period.

Health experts like RWJF president Dr. Richard E. Besser welcomed the findings, but cautioned that Americans still can’t become unworried about the obesity epidemic.

Speaking on the topic, Besser said, “Obesity rates are still far too high, but the progress we've seen in recent years is real and it's encouraging. That progress could be easily undermined if leaders and policymakers at all levels don't continue to prioritize efforts that help all Americans lead healthier lives.”

The obesity rate was found to be highest in West Virginia, where nearly 40 per cent of the state’s population is obese. Colorado reported the lowest obesity rate, at 22.3 per cent.