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Adult obesity rates level off, but remain high

August 16, 2013

After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates last year remained level in every state except Arkansas, according to a new report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Still, obesity rates exceed 30% in 13 states and 25% in 41 states, putting Americans at risk for a range of health problems. In 1980, no state was above 15%. “After decades of unrelenting bad news, we’re finally seeing signs of progress,” said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., noting that childhood obesity rates also are declining. “…We’ve learned a lot in the last decade about how to prevent obesity. Now it’s time to take that knowledge to scale.”