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State of obesity: better policies for a healthier America 2015

Authors/ source/ publisher
Levi, Jeffrey; Trust for America’s Health
Date added to library 29 November 2015
Year published
2015
Abstract
The obesity epidemic remains one of the most serious health crises, thereby putting millions of Americans at increased risk of a range of chronic diseases and costing the country billions of dollars in preventable healthcare spending.  Key findings from this report by the Trust for a healthier America and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation included: 
More than 6 percent of adults were severely obese (body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher);  More than 2 percent of young children were severely obese, 5 percent of 6- to 11-year-olds were severely obese and 6.5 percent of 12- to 19-year olds were severely obese; Twenty-two states have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, 45 states have rates above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent.