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.