Ohio is one of only four states to see a decrease in adult obesity rates over the last year, according to a report released Thursday (Source: “Ohio among 4 states to mark lower obesity rate,” Toledo Blade, Sept. 2, 2016).
According to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” an annual publication from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 29.8 percent of adults in Ohio were obese in 2015, down from 32.6 percent in 2014. Minnesota, Montana, and New York also recorded decreases, while Kansas and Kentucky’s rates increased. Ohio ranks 26th-highest in adult obesity rate. The report marks the first time in a decade that multiple states have seen their obesity rate drop.
No state has seen a decrease in the adult obesity rate in the last decade except the District of Columbia in 2010, according to the report. Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and West Virgina have the highest rates of adult obesity, while Colorado, the District of Columbia, and Hawaii have the lowest.
In Ohio, 37.1 percent of black adults are obese, compared with 30.5 percent of white adults and 26.3 percent of Latinos.