In this F as in Fat report, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) finds that in the past year adult obesity rates increased in 28 states, while only the District of Columbia (D.C.) saw a decline.
Nationally, two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight. Since 1980, the number of obese adults has doubled. Since 1970, the number of obese children ages 6-11 has quadrupled, and the number of obese adolescents ages 12-19 has tripled.
The alarming increases in obesity rates over the past several decades indicate that much has changed in American society that makes it harder for children and families to eat healthy foods and be physically active.
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