New Report Finds Indiana Has 16th Highest Percent of Obese Adults and 31st Highest Percent of Obese and Overweight Children in the U.S.
Washington, D.C., July 1, 2009 – Indiana has the 16th highest rate of adult obesity in the nation, at 27.4 percent and the 31st highest of overweight youths (ages 10-17) at 29.9 percent, according to a new report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
The rate of obese adults remained consistent in the state in the past year. Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year, according to the F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009. In addition, the percentage of obese and overweight children is at or above 30 percent in 30 states.