Saturday, September 03, 2016
The State of Obesity 2016: Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
A recent report The State of Obesity 2016 from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on adult obesity confirmed obesity rates decreased in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio between 2014 and 2015. Only Kansas and Kentucky saw obesity rates climb. Louisiana was the fattest state, with an adult obesity rate above 36 percent, according to the report. Conversely, Colorado was the skinniest, with adult obesity hovering around 20 percent. To reverse the trend more, the report recommended states invest in obesity prevention programs, as well as school-based snack policies. In addition, it called for community based policies that emphasize health in transportation planning, such as; accessible walking and biking paths for residents, and public-private partnerships to promote availability to healthy affordable foods.