Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a new study on obesity in America yesterday. Workers’ Comp Insider (produced by Lynch Ryan) noted these findings:
- Adult obesity rates rose in Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming
- More than a third of adults (34.9 percent) were obese as of 2011 to 2012.
- More than two-thirds of adults were overweight or obese (68.5 percent).
- Over the past 35 years, obesity rates have more than doubled. From 2009 to 2010 to 2011 to 2012, rates remained the same. The average American is more than 24 pounds heavier today than in 1960.
- Two states have adult obesity rates above 35 percent (Mississippi and West Virginia), 20 states have rates at or above 30 percent, 42 states have rates above 25 percent and every state is above 20 percent. In 1980, no state was above 15 percent; in 1991, no state was above 20 percent; in 2000, no state was above 25 percent; and, in 2007, only Mississippi was above 30 percent.
- The 10 states with the highest rates of type 2 diabetes are all in the South. Alabama had the highest rate at 13.8 percent.
Louisiana sits at number 6 in these most recent statistics. Workers’ compensation is already feeling the effects of the obesity epidemic in terms of co-morbidity and claim costs and we can only expect to the problem to get worse. Read Workers’ Comp Insider’s take here. Read the study here.