“F as in Fat 2013″ Report Released

The F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013 report is now available and shows progress in the fight against obesity.  The yearly report is a collaborative project between the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  This year the report celebrates a leveling of the obesity rate in all states, except Arkansas, and a decline in a number of major cities including New York and Philadelphia.  Additionally, obesity rates among preschool children from low-income families have decreased in 18 states and one U.S. territory.

With an obesity rate of 31.6%, South Carolina ranks as the seventh most obese state in the nation.  Additionally, the state has the second highest rate of obese 10-17 year olds at 21.5%.  With ten of the highest ranking states in the south, South Carolina ranks seventh highest for Type 2 Diabetes (12%) and Hypertension (36.4%).

While there is certainly work to be done, it is encouraging to see that, rather than increasing, obesity rates were maintained this year.  South Carolina is 1 of 35 states with nutritional standards for competitive foods (foods and beverages that are not reimbursable by the federal school meals program), and 1 of 29 states with laws that limit when and where competitive foods can be sold.  The state is also 1 of 31 states with an established Farm-to-School program.

The report brings focus to a policy series and supplies recommendations and success stories.  The topics include physical activity in and out of school, school foods and beverages, the National Prevention Strategy, Prevention and Public Health Fund, Community Transformation Grants, healthy affordable foods, food marketing, menu labeling, MAP-21: Active Federal Transportation Policy and Obesity Prevention and obesity prevention inside and outside the doctor’s office.

For more information on obesity prevention in South Carolina, please visit the following links:

Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness

Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina

LiveWell Greenville

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

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