Sorry, Mississippi--based on this year's obesity rankings, you've managed to retain the tile of fattest state. But although the South struggles most with obesity, the problem is truly nationwide: 23 states saw their obesity rates rise over the past year, and no state saw a significant decline.
The statistics are startling:
In 31 states, more than one in four adults are obese.
In 1991, no state had a rate of obesity greater than 20%. Today, the only state that doesn't is Colorado.
In every state, obesity rates are higher among older baby boomers (aged 55 to 64) than among those 65 and older.
Each year, Medicare shells out between $1,400 and $6,000 more for an obese senior than for the non-obese, making that last statistic especially troubling.
A nationwide epidemic requires a nationwide solution, according to Jeff Levi, executive director of the nonprofit Trust for America's Health. "[This problem is] not going to be solved in the doctor's office but in the community, where we change norms."
So what ideas do you have? How can we reverse this trend?