Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Nation's Obesity Epidemic Continues to Worsen
Adult obesity rates climbed in 28 states during the past year and now exceed 25 percent in more than two-thirds of the states, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010. The report, by Trust for America’s Health and RWJF, concludes that the nation’s response still fails to measure up to the magnitude of the problem. At the same time, it highlights public recognition of the issue and results of a new survey showing Americans’ acute concern about childhood obesity—and their willingness to invest significantly in prevention programs.
Read the news release and the report.
State by State Report:
"Millions of Americans still face barriers - like the high cost of healthy foods and lack of access to safe places to be physically active - that make healthy choices challenging."
"Pennsylvania has not passed Complete Streets legislation, which aims to ensure that all users -- pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities -- have safe access to a community's streets. Thirteen states have passed Complete Streets legislation."