The American obesity rate increased a full five percentage points in 2018, according to the United Health Foundation’s annual report.
According to the Associated Press, the adult population’s obesity rate jumped to 31.3% in the past year, with premature deaths increasing by 3% (from 7,214 to 7,432 years lost before age 75 per 100,000 people).
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Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare National Markets, and an adviser to America’s Health Rankings, says the latest figures show that the American obesity rate continues to grow, which offers a whole host of health problems for the country.
“This year’s Annual Report spotlights an obesity problem that continues to grow. This means more people will likely develop obesity-related chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer,” said Dr. Randall. “We encourage health professionals, public health officials and elected leaders to use these findings to explore opportunities to better support people in their communities in all aspects of their health.”
Currently, the state of Louisiana earns the top spot for having the highest obesity rate, ahead of Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. On the other end, Hawaii ranks above Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Utah as the healthiest state in the nation.
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