Adult obesity prevalence remains high, prevention and treatment needed
According to the most recent population data from CDC, 22 states have an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35%, up from 19 states in 2021. In contrast, no state had an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35% a decade ago.
The 2022 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps point to the need for population-based strategies to help individuals have access to safe areas for physical activity, healthy foods, health care services such as surgery and medication, and obesity treatment and prevention programs without stigma.
The data came from state-based, self-reported height and weight data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Adults with obesity are more vulnerable to such health conditions as heart disease, stroke, T2D, certain cancers, worse COVID-19 outcomes, and mental health issues.
“Our updated maps send a clear message that additional support for obesity prevention and treatment is an urgent priority,” said Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in a CDC press release. “However, we know the key strategies that work include addressing the underlying social determinants of health such as access to health care, healthy and affordable food, and safe places for physical activity.”