Nearly one-third of Louisiana adults were obese in 2013, ranking the state No. 6 in terms of obesity, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
On the plus side, the percentage dropped from 34.7 percent in 2012, when Louisiana ranked No. 1 in obesity, to 33.1 percent in 2013.
The “State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America” found that adult obesity rates remain too high among adults, but the rate of increase is beginning to slow down. Obesity rates increased in six states: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey Tennessee and Wyoming. Mississippi and West Virginia tied for the highest rates at 35.1 percent. Colorado had the lowest obesity rate at 21.3 percent.
“Obesity rates are unacceptably high, and the disparities in rates are profoundly troubling,” said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. “We need to intensify prevention efforts starting in early childhood and do a better job of implementing effective policies and programs in all communities — so every American has the greatest opportunity to have a healthy weight and live a healthy life.”