Georgia obesity rates projected to rise - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Georgia obesity rates projected to rise

ATLANTA (AP) - A new report forecasts a sharp rise in obesity in every American state over the next 20 years, though Georgia is projected to remain in the middle of the pack.

The research by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that if current trends continue, 13 states would have obesity rates higher than 60% by 2030; 39 states would have rates topping 50%; and every state would exceed 40%.

In Georgia, the analysis found that 53.9% of adults would be obese, up from 28% now. Mississippi would remain the fattest state, with two-thirds of adults being obese. Colorado would be thinnest at 44%.

State rates in 2011 ranged from 20.7% in Colorado to 34.9% in Mississippi.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly