Iowa and Illinois among most obese states in U.S.
A national report ranks Iowa and Illinois among the 25 most obese states in the country.
The report issued by Trust for America’s Health, called “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future in 2013,” ranks Iowa the 12th most obese state, and Illinois weighs in at number 24.
The report says 30.4% of adults in Iowa were obese in 2012, and 28.1% of adults in Illinois were obese.
Iowa is one of 13 states with an obesity rate above 30%. Forty-one states have obesity rates of at least 25%.
Nationwide, every state has an obesity rate above 20%, compared to 1991 when no state was above 20%.
The report also ranked Illinois with the 30th-highest rate of diabetes, 24th-highest rate of hypertension and at number 31 for physical inactivity. Iowa ranked 26th-highest for diabetes, 33rd –highest for hypertension and 24th for physical inactivity.
In 2011, 13.1% of Iowa high school students and 11.6% of Illinois high school students were considered obese. The report ranks Illinois at number 9 for children’s obesity rates, and Iowa ranked number 35.
Baby boomers, ages 45 to 64, were the age group with the highest percentage of obese people in both states.
Adults with a body mass index of 25 to 29 are considered overweight, and people with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese. The National Heart, Lung and Blood institute offers a quick online BMI calculator – click here.