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July 10, 2009 Leave a comment
Obesity among U.S. adults continues to rise according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This conclusion comes from data that was collected by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based phone survey that collects health information from adults aged 18 and over.
The results show that there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S. over the past 20 years.
Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI is calculated from a person’s weight and height and provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to health problems.
In 2008, only one state (Colorado) had a BMI of less than 20%. Thirty-two states had BMIs greater than 25%, and six of these states (Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia ) had BMIs equal to or greater than 30%.