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Mississippi still the most obese state; Alabama gaining

July 2, 2009

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Kansas weighs in

Kansas ranks 18th on the obesity list. It has an obesity rate of 27.2 percent, a 1.4 percentage point change from the previous report.

— Mississippi’s still king of cellulite, but an ominous tide is rolling toward the Medicare doctors in neighboring Alabama: obese baby boomers.

It’s time for the nation’s annual obesity rankings and, outside of fairly lean Colorado, there’s little good news. In 31 states, more than one in four adults are obese, says a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

And obesity rates among adults rose in 23 states over the past year, and no state experienced a significant decline.

“The obesity epidemic clearly goes beyond being an individual problem,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust, a nonprofit public health group.

It’s a national crisis that “calls for a national strategy to combat obesity,” added Robert Wood Johnson vice president Dr. James Marks. “The crest of the wave of obesity is still to crash.”

While the nation has long been bracing for a surge in Medicare as the boomers start turning 65, the new report makes clear that fat, not just age, will fuel much of those bills. In every state, the rate of obesity is higher among 55- to 64-year-olds — the oldest boomers — than among today’s 65-and-beyond.

The report provides one of the first in-depth looks at obese boomers, and its implications are sobering. This first wave of aging boomers will mean a jump of obese Medicare patients that ranges from 5.2 percent in New York to a high of 16.3 percent in Alabama, the report concluded. In Alabama, nearly 39 percent of the oldest boomers are obese.

Medicare spends anywhere from $1,400 to $6,000 more annually on health care for an obese senior than for the non-obese, Levi said.

Some other findings:

• Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity, 32.5 percent, for the fifth year in a row.

• Three additional states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, including Alabama, 31.2 percent; West Virginia, 31.1 percent; and Tennessee, 30.2 percent.

• In 1991, no state had more than a 20 percent obesity rate. Today, the only state that doesn’t is Colorado, at 18.9 percent.

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 5 months ago

Get ready for socialized medicine to further incent the obese to maintain their unhealthy lifestyles.

After all, what motivation is there to eat better, exercise more, kick the smoking habit, or put down the bottle if the government will promise you cradle-to-grave health care - all at someone else's expense? There simply is none.

bad_dog 5 years, 5 months ago

"Get ready for socialized medicine to further incent the obese to maintain their unhealthy lifestyles."-STRS

What a shame-as noted in the article above, the current model is obviously doing a fine job of incentivizing people to remain fit.

What motivation is there to eat better, exercise more, quit smoking/drinking under the current system? None other than self-interest, or at most avoiding a co-pay charge for office visits. My present private health insurer doesn't do anything to incentivize me. My employer encourages good health practices, but the health insurer? No.

Many already get health care at someone else's expense. It's called Medicaide.

Gotta go, another boogeyman is coming...

Music_Girl 5 years, 5 months ago

Just another symptom of the core issues with out society. We try to do too much. The leading causes of obesity: stress, overeating, unhealthy eating and lack of exercise. In many countries, working more than 40 hours a week is huge no-no because there is so much emphasis placed on rest, spending time with your family and being healthy. Maybe the US could learn something...

cthulhu_4_president 5 years, 5 months ago

-Asian countries enjoy a different diet type than the USA, one high in fish, and they have lower heart attack rates than the USA. -Germans eat fatty sausages, drink beer and have lower heart attack rates then the USA. -Italians don't do that, but they use high sodium, cheeses and oils in their cuisine, and have lower heart attack rates then the USA. -Greeks drink wine, cook with fatty oils, and have lower heart attack rates than the USA. -Russians drink Vodka, have their own crazy fatty sausages, and have lower heart attack rates than the USA. -Mexicans refry their food, cook with lots of red meat, and have lower heart attack rates than the USA

-Conclusion: Eat whatever you want. Speaking English seems to be what gets you killed.

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