Obesity Rates Up In Tennessee And Nationwide

Mar 7, 2014

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The latest Gallup-Healthways State of the States survey finds that three in 10 adults in Tennessee are obese.                                              

Those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese and according to Gallup, obesity rates have increased nationwide each year since 2008. The US rate is now more than 27%, up from 26% in 2012. An average of 62.8% of American adults was overweight or obese that same year.

Last year, more than two in 10 adults were obese in every state except Montana, considered the least obese state in the country.

The survey ranked Tennessee as the 7th most obese state in the US, with more than 31% of adults considered obese. Mississippi was at the top of the list at 35.4%.

Some good news:  In the last decade, obesity rates among children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old have dropped 43%.