Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Release 2017 State of Obesity Report
Adult obesity rates are showing signs of leveling off nationally, according to the 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). This year, adult obesity rates exceeded 35 percent in five states, 30 percent in 25 states and 25 percent in 46 states. In the past year, adult obesity rates increased in four states (Colorado, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia), decreased in one state (Kansas), and remained stable in the rest. In this year’s report, South Carolina’s adult obesity is 32.3%, which ranks South Carolina as 12th in adult obesity in the nation. Last year, South Carolina ranked 13th with 31.7%; in 2015 32.1% (ranked 10th). This supports trends that have shown steadying levels in recent years. State-by-state adult obesity rates and a new policy web-based interactive, featuring more than 20 policies focused on preventing and reducing obesity organized by early childhood, schools and communities, can be found on the report website. Newly published information on childhood obesity trends is also available.
Over the past 15 years, there has been significant progress to prevent obesity and stabilize obesity rates, especially among children. Strong state policies play a key role in improving access to healthy food and increasing physical activity which are essential for promoting a healthy weight. This feature tracks the status of each state’s efforts on more than two dozen policies aimed at preventing obesity and supporting health.