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The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America

Thursday, September 11, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Join us for a briefing on our newly released report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th in the Capitol Visitor's Center in room SVC 212-10. To RSVP or for more information, please click here.


This year's report finds that adult obesity rates increased in six states over the past year and did not decrease in any. Rates remain far too high, but after decades of rising, the rate of increase is beginning to slow. Furthermore, significant geographic, income, racial, and ethnic disparities persist, with obesity rates highest in the South and among Blacks, Latinos, and lower-income, less-educated Americans. Similarly, while the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off - and childhood rates have even declined in some places and among some groups - disparities persist and severe obesity may be on the rise.


These signs of progress are notable, but obesity rates overall remain unacceptably high.  This year's report contains the latest data on obesity trends and state-by-state adult obesity rates, and it examines high-impact policies to prevent or reduce obesity in the United States. A separate series of policy examinations highlights significant policy accomplishments over the past decade. 


We encourage you to explore both the report, policy briefs, and new interactive state-by-state materials on the new State of Obesity website at

If you have any questions or wish to receive a detailed briefing on the report, please contact Jack Rayburn, TFAH's Senior Government Relations Manager, at (202) 223-9870 x28 or


Source: Trust for America's Health

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