Who Are You Calling Fat? Everybody, Apparently
A study warns that Wisconsin is on track to have more than half its residents defined as obese in 2030.
A new study claims Wisconsin is heading for a 56 percent adult obesity rate in 2030 — more than double the 2012 rate, and about four times the 1991 rate.
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You can read more details from the exhaustive report, titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012 and produced jointly by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Some key takeaways:
- Wisconsin is 27th of the 50 states, with 27.7 percent of adults labeled obese
- Mississippi tops the list at 34.9 percent
- Colorado is the least obese state at 20.9 percent
- In 2030, Wisconsin is projected to be 26th, with 56.3 percent of adults labeled obese
- Obese is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30
In addition to the grim statistics for obesity and related health problems, the study suggests that a 5 percent reduction in Wisconsin residents’ BMI over the next 20 years could save $11 billion in health care costs.
By no coincidence, the report was released to the public the morning of National Cheeseburger Day.