Report Indicates Adult Obesity Rates May Be Leveling Off

This week, the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its 14th annual report on The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. The report found that U.S. adult obesity rates increased in four states, decreased in one state, and remained stable in the rest between 2015 and 2016. Childhood obesity rates in the nation have stabilized, while rates among low income preschoolers between 2011 and 2014 have declined. California was found to have the 47th lowest adult obesity rates out of all U.S. states and the District of Columbia, but the highest rates of obese low income 2-4 year olds. The report reveals significant racial and ethnic disparities in adult and childhood obesity rates remain. A State of Obesity Partner Toolkit with new data, community-based policies, and communications resources is also available here.