TULSA, Okla. — A new study ranks Oklahoma fourth in the nation for adult obesity.
Trust for America’s Health released The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.
This is the 17th year for the annual report that provides state-by-state rankings of adult obesity rates.
The report is based, in part, on newly-released 2019 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System.
This year the U.S. adult obesity rate passed the 40% mark for the first time, standing at 42.4%- the highest ever recorded, and an increase of 26% since 2008.
For the first time ever, Oklahoma’s adult obesity rate jumped above 35%, to 36.8%.
Trust for America’s Health says the report is especially concerning because obese adults are at higher risk of suffering COVID-19 complications.
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