See Missouri's Projected Obesity Rank

F as in Fat Report released Tuesday: Where do you think Missouri will rank in adult obesity rates by 2030?

A new, health-related annual report, F As In Fat, released Tuesday contains a study conducted by the National Heart Forum for Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). It shows alarming trends, including for Missouri residents.

See related article:  F as in Fat: Adult Obesity in Missouri Could Reach 61.9% by 2030, Predicts New Study

Researchers calculated projections using a model published in The Lancet in 2011 and data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which is an annual phone survey conducted by the CDC and state health departments. The data were adjusted for self-reporting bias.

Adults are considered obese if their Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or higher.

The District of Columbia (D.C.) is included in the rankings because the CDC provides funds to D.C. to conduct a survey in an equivalent way to the states.

Note: 1 = Highest rate of adult obesity; 51 = lowest rate of adult obesity. 

1. Mississippi (66.7%)

2. Oklahoma (66.4%)

3. Delaware (64.7%)

4. Tennessee (63.4%)

5. South Carolina (62.9%)

6. Alabama (62.6%)

7. Tie—Kansas (62.1%); and Louisiana (62.1%)

9. Missouri (61.9%)

10. Arkansas (60.6%)

11. South Dakota (60.4%)

12. West Virginia (60.2%)

13. Kentucky (60.1%)

14. Ohio (59.8%)

15. Michigan (59.4%)

16. Tie—Arizona (58.8%); and Maryland (58.8%)

18. Florida (58.6%)

19. North Carolina (58.0%)

20. New Hampshire (57.7%)

21. Texas (57.2%)

22. North Dakota (57.1%)

23. Nebraska (56.9%)

24. Pennsylvania (56.7%)

25. Wyoming (56.6%)

26. Wisconsin (56.3%)

27. Indiana (56.0%)

28. Washington (55.5%)

29. Maine (55.2%)

30. Minnesota (54.7%)

31. Iowa (54.4%)

32. New Mexico (54.2%)

33. Rhode Island (53.8%)

34. Illinois (53.7%)

35. Tie—Georgia (53.6%); and Montana (53.6%)

37. Idaho (53.0%)

38. Hawaii (51.8%)

39. New York (50.9%)

40. Virginia (49.7%)

41. Nevada (49.6%)

42. Oregon (48.8%)

43. Massachusetts (48.7%)

44. New Jersey (48.6%)

45. Vermont (47.7%)

46. California (46.6%)

47. Connecticut (46.5%)

48. Utah (46.4%)

49. Alaska (45.6%)

50. Colorado (44.8%)

51. District of Columbia (32.6%).

The full methodology is available in the F as in Fat report.

Bonnie Krueger September 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Lisa, those jobs would be replaced by companies on the 'healthy' bandwagon--more health food stores, gyms, restaurants. The jobs would be there, but the workers could actually be proud of what side of the fence they are on. :)
santa September 24, 2012 at 07:36 AM
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Julie Schwartz September 24, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Here's another interesting take on the subject. Causes of overweight and obesity are multi-factoral and in and of itself are not causes of chronic diseases. We jump on any quick fix and are willing to blindly take supplements that do nothing but make manufacturers and sales people rich- a $56 billion industry. When people who are overweight or obese choose to do the basics- exercise daily, eat 7-9 fruits/vegetables each day, drink water, eat at home, etc their risk for chronic disease is the same as a "normal" weight individual. Lots of research on "fit and fat" to substantiate this claim. Unfortunately the majority of Americans don't choose healthy and even the majority of "normal" weight people choose unhealthy behaviors and are getting by with their weight, for now. Think about it, the rise in obesity rates are coming from "normal" weight people gaining. So it's really a bigger picture to get ALL Americans choosing the healthy lifestyle. And the food and restaurant industries have been making strides to improve, they do so more under the radar because consumers don't choose "healthy" for the most part! Sad but true. As a society we throw evil looks and accusations at someone who is overweight/obese choosing an unhealthy behavior and look blindly past someone of normal weight doing the same. Be part of the solution to advocate for environments that are conducive to safe activity-the biggest factor in improving health; and better access to healthy inexpensive food.
Chuck Hamblin September 24, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I find it very intrusive that our government even has studies like this. It is not the government's business how I choose to live. I know a lot of people buy into this notion that Obese people are somehow causing medical expenses to go up for the rest of us but I think that is also false. I think there are far worse things that are raising health care costs than fat people. Drug and alcohol addiction are probably bigger culprits because those people tend to be poor and on government assistance. Like I said before, stop picking on the fat people! It is not OK to discriminate against fat people, call them lazy, accuse them of not paying for their own medical costs. You don't know these people! Stop judging!
bernadette November 09, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Elizabeth, you should lose weight in your "mouth", & gain weight in your "brain". Your post attack & show no intellect at all in my opinion. You attack obese ppl & the direct impact on healthcare as if you personally pay out of pockect ( even .00000000001%) of the overall debt toward obese people's healthcare. Leave it up to people like you, it would be suggested that these fat obese people & their obese children simply line up in the Brooklyn Bridge & JUMP!!!... at least then you'll save a few pennies in the healthcare glorious SaVINGS ACCOUNT!!!???... yep, just rid this economy of expensive welfare obese individuals.... it was funny how you linked " food stamps" to the topic of obese people & healthcare. I guess you & others who feel like you do somehow see yourselves as "good-samaritans".... I doubt it very seriously that you would even bother take time feed a homeless if you could, or educate an obese person on the pros of healthy living/eating.....inall, I would preferably have bias people like you go jump from the Brooklyn bridge while the rest of us agree to HELP each other in this SICK world....our economy suffers from a morbidly obese IGNORANCE epidemic!!!... get educated before you start preaching this garbage


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