Texas has the 14th highest adult obesity in the nation and the seventh highest obesity for children aged 10-17 years,…
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Texas continues to fight obesity among adults and children, with both groups ranked among the worst in the nation, a new national study has been found.
One of three Texas adults and almost one in five children in the state was considered to be overweight last year, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study called “Obesity State”, which analyzes compiled data both nationally and nationally.
Texas adults had the 14th highest level of obesity in the United States, but the state’s children in the ages of 10-17 were ranked seventh highest in obesity, found the research. Among college students, obesity was the fifth highest in the nation in 2017.
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There were some good news that obesity went down in 2- to 4- year-olds enrolled in the WIC, nutrition program for low-income pregnant women, new mothers and their children up to five years. Childhood obesity in Texas fell from 16.9 percent to 14.9 percent between 2010 and 2014, the last year the information was available.
Overweight among Texas adults is highest for those between 45 and 64 years, and African Americans and Hispanics had significantly higher rates than white, the study showed. Men also had slightly higher prices than women.
The racial differences played nationwide as black youth almost doubled obesity, 22.5 percent compared with white youth of 12.5 percent.
Among adults, West Virginia had the highest obesity of 38.1 percent and Colorado had the lowest of 22.6 percent. According to the latest data, adult obesity now exceeds 35 percent in seven states and more than 30 percent in 29 states.
The problem has been linked to a variety of health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers. 19659020] RELATED: How obesity shrinks our lives in Texas
In Texas, the current proportion of 11.9 percent adults with diabetes makes it the 10th worst in the country. Last year, about one in three adults in Texas suffered from high blood pressure and were in the middle class of other states.
But if current trends continue, the number of adults with obesity-related heart disease is expected to increase in Texas five times 2030 and the number of cancer cases associated with obesity is more than doubling.