State-by-state childhood obesity rates taking worse figures, according to a new research by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which shows the severity of this problem.
The research revealed that between 2016 and 2017, the estimates reported 15.8% of the national obesity rate for children, aged 10 to 17 which were similar to the 16.1% rate calculated in 2016 data alone.
Obesity is becoming a major health concern in the world as it can cause risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and also some cancers.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity is on the rise in America and in the United Kingdom, the condition is estimated to affect one in five 10-11 year children.
Moreover, the World Health Organization reported that the rates of children living with obesity, ages up to 5 years old, are increased from 32 to 41 million between 1990 and 2016.
The scenario of the current state of childhood obesity in the US shows certain factors could be driving the state-by-state differences, according to Marlene Schwartz, a professor, and director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut. He thinks that obesity rates are higher in states with higher levels of poverty.
Schwartz said, “That can be traced back to the fact that it’s difficult to eat a healthy diet with limited income. The researchers also found that overall, there are different rates of obesity by race and ethnicity. So, another explanation for differences across states may be the variability in demographic profiles in states across the country.”