Trust for America’s Health, a national health nonprofit, published its annual obesity report this month and found that the national adult obesity rate was 30.9 percent. South Carolina’s was 34.3 percent.
The report, referred to as the State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, is based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. It also revealed that 33 states had increases in their rates of adult obesity.
To address the obesity crisis, Trust for America’s Health advises states to consider expanding programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, which has been found to reduce obesity rates in children.
IMPH provides technical assistance and participates on leadership teams for Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas and Healthy Palmetto to address statewide health issues, like obesity, and improve health for all South Carolinians.