Facts from obesity report

Facts from obesity report

Some facts from the "F as in Fat" report:

— 33 percent of adults in the U.S. with $15,000 annual income were obese, compared with 24.6 percent of adults earning $50,000-plus per year.

— Nearly 33 percent of adults in the U.S. who didn't graduate from high school were obese, compared with 21.5 percent of adults who graduated from college.

— In Illinois, adult obesity for blacks was 39.5 percent; for Latinos, 31.5 percent; for whites, 25.5 percent.

— The most recent figure (2007) for obesity among youths ages 10-17 in Illinois is 20.7 percent.

— 20 states have school meal standards stricter than the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires, but Illinois isn't among them.

— Illinois is among the 29 states that limit when and where foods and beverages outside formal meal programs may be sold, for example, through vending machines and school stores.

— Illinois is among the 21 states that have legislation requiring body mass index screening or weight-related assessments for children and adolescents.

— 63.7 percent of Illinois adults are overweight or obese, compared to 51.5 percent 15 years ago.

— 8.4 percent of adults in Illinois have diabetes, compared to 5.5 percent in 1995.

— 27.5 percent of adults in Illinois have hypertension, compared to 22 percent 15 years ago.

Sources: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health.


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