A report issued today says Kentucky is one of eight states that has an obesity rate of more than 30-percent. The commonwealth also ranks third in childhood obesity, at 21 percent, behind Mississippi and Georgia.
The report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says Kentucky ranks seventh in adult obesity, at 30.5-percent.
“We have a problem, the problem is acknowledged, we did a public survey in the report, so 80 percent of the American public now understands the problem, and 50 percent or more want to invest in community-based interventions,” said Richard Hamburg, deputy director of the trust.
Indiana ranks 17th in adult obesity and 27th in childhood obesity.
For the sixth straight year, Mississippi tops the yearly obesity rankings for both children and adults. Colorado has the lowest adult obesity rate, 19.1-percent. The lowest child obesity rate, 9.6-percent, was recorded in Oregon.
The report measures obesity rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.