New study ranks Oklahoma fourth in the nation for adult obesity

VIDEO: New data shows Oklahoma in the top ten ranking for obesity

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.

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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.

Experts worry next year’s report could be even worse, because the economic challenges caused by the pandemic are making it more of a struggle for families to put healthy food on the table.