Kentucky now has the fifth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” currently at 34.6 percent, up from 21.7 percent in 2000 and from 12.7 percent in 1990.
According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, are higher than 30 percent in 25 states, and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent.
Between 2014 and 2015, U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, according to the report.
The report also looked at childhood obesity (Kentucky ranks eighth in the nation in the percentage of 10- to 17-year-olds that are obese), related health issues (Kentucky is fourth with an adult diabetes rate of 13.4% and sixth with an adult hypertension rate of 39.0%), and other factors.