Friday, October 9, 2020
82.8 F
The Villages

New CDC data finds adult obesity is increasing

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that adult obesity prevalence is increasing and racial and ethnic disparities persist. Notably, adults with obesity are at heightened risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19.

The 2019 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show that twelve states now have an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35%: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. This is up from nine states in 2018 and six states in 2017.

The maps break down adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location based on self-reported height and weight data. Combined data from 2017-2019 show notable racial and ethnic disparities:

  • 34 states and the District of Columbia had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among non-Hispanic Black adults.
  • 15 states had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among Hispanic adults.
  • 6 states had an obesity prevalence of 35% or higher among non-Hispanic White adults.

In addition to the maps, CDC has released a summary statement on obesity and race and ethnicity as related to COVID-19 risk.

Highlights from this summary statement:

  • Obesity worsens outcomes from COVID-19, increasing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
  • Obesity disproportionately impacts some racial and ethnic minority groups who are also at increased risk of COVID-19.
  • These disparities underscore the need to remove barriers to healthy living and ensure that communities support a healthy, active lifestyle for all.
  • While system and environment changes can take time, we can take small steps now to maintain or improve our health and protect ourselves during this pandemic.
  • Being active and eating a healthy diet can support optimal immune function and help prevent or manage chronic diseases that worsen outcomes from COVID-19.
  • These actions, as well as getting enough sleep and finding healthy ways to cope with stress can help with weight maintenance and improve overall health.

We all have a role to play in turning the tide against obesity. Read the summary statement at: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/obesity-and-covid-19.html.

CDC’s mission includes achieving health equity by eliminating health disparities and attaining optimal health for all Americans. CDC addresses health equity through its programs, research, tools and resources, and leadership. For information on CDC’s work toward reducing and eliminating health disparities to reach health equity, https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/index.html.

More Headlines

Villages officially backs down on forcing strangers to share golf carts

The Villages has officially backed down on a controversial plan to force strangers to pair up in golf carts on golf courses.

8 more local COVID-19 deaths as state reports biggest spike in 3 weeks

Eight more local residents have died of COVID-19 as Florida saw its biggest spike in cases of the deadly virus in almost three weeks and the small town of Coleman also reported a huge increase.

Photos

Little Tree Frog Inside Double Hibiscus In Lady Lake

Check out this little tree frog spotted inside this double hibiscus in Lady Lake. Thanks to Gina Collins for sharing!

Black Vulture Feeding Its Fledgling

This adult black vulture was feeding its fledging in The Villages. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing!

Double Rainbow Over Havana Country Club In The Villages

Check out this double rainbow over the third tee at the Havana Country Club. Thanks to Dale and Betsy Nelson for sharing!

Letters to the Editor

Common sense at town squares

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Palo Alto resident contends that common sense is needed at the town squares.

Business

$28.7 million Lake Sumter Apartment Homes now open to renters

Lake Sumter Apartment Homes, a $28.7 million affordable housing community consisting of 158 apartment homes, is now open to renters.

Crime

Villager arrested after alleged attack in parking dispute at Wal-Mart

A Villager was arrested after an alleged attack in a parking dispute at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Sarasota Plaza in The Villages.

Opinions

John Wilcox deserves praise for 12 years of service on AAC

Villager John Wilcox deserves praise for 12 years of service on the Amenity Authority Committee.

Top Stories

Villager arrested after alleged attack in parking dispute at Wal-Mart

A Villager was arrested after an alleged attack in a parking dispute at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Sarasota Plaza in The Villages.

Villages officially backs down on forcing strangers to share golf carts

The Villages has officially backed down on a controversial plan to force strangers to pair up in golf carts on golf courses.

8 more local COVID-19 deaths as state reports biggest spike in 3 weeks

Eight more local residents have died of COVID-19 as Florida saw its biggest spike in cases of the deadly virus in almost three weeks and the small town of Coleman also reported a huge increase.

Letters to the Editor

Common sense at town squares

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Palo Alto resident contends that common sense is needed at the town squares.

President Trump shows no respect

A reader from Boca Raton responds to a previous Letter to the Editor published in Villages-News.com and he argues that people of “our generation” were taught respect. Apparently, President Trump never got the lesson.

Don’t vote for either Trump or Biden

A Village of Belle Aire resident offers some advice before you cast your presidential ballot. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Crime

Villager arrested after alleged attack in parking dispute at Wal-Mart

A Villager was arrested after an alleged attack in a parking dispute at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Sarasota Plaza in The Villages.

Woman arrested at Starbucks in The Villages after found passed out in car

A woman was arrested at a Starbucks in The Villages after she was found passed out in her car.

28-year-old resident of The Villages arrested after altercation over pills

A 28-year-old resident of The Villages was arrested Wednesday after an altercation over medication.