Weighty matter--Rise of obesity rate is making Ohioans sick, busting the budget

October 5, 2012
Columbus Dispatch


Adults of a normal size should not be abnormal, but unfortunately, we’ve arrived at that point. According to a recent report, in 2011, 29.6 percent of Ohio adults were obese, and 65.8 percent of Ohio adults were overweight to some degree.

The report is “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future,” by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Models show that if Americans continue on the current trajectory, no state will have an adult obesity rate of less than 44 percent by 2030. In that year, 6 in 10 Ohioans could be obese.

Something must turn back this trend. Obesity, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30, is one of the top preventable causes of illness in the country, and the one that will break the bank if Americans don’t regain control.


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