TFAH Finds Obesity Rates Are Highest Ever Recorded

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) this week released its 17th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America which reports on obesity rates for every state and by racial and ethnic groups, age, and gender. TFAH’s latest report utilizes data from the most recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine that the U.S. adult obesity rate passed the 40 percent mark for the first time, standing at 42.4 percent. Additionally, racial, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities in obesity rates continue to persist.

TFAH also determines obesity is a risk factor for serious COVID-19 consequences and that the pandemic could increase future levels of obesity due to increased food insecurity. Included in the report is a special section on food insecurity and its relationship to obesity. The report additionally details recommendations for policy action by federal, state, and local government, and across many sectors, on how to best address the obesity crisis. Recommendations from the report focus on the need for a multisector, multidisciplinary approach, as well as a focus on population groups that are disproportionately impacted by the obesity crisis.

The full TFAH report is available here.