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Tennessee 9th in the nation in obesity rate according to new report

A new report ranking obesity by state ranks Tennessee 9th in the nation with an obesity rate of 33.8 percent. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A new report ranking obesity by state ranks Tennessee 9th in the nation with an obesity rate of 33.8 percent.

The annual "The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America" report was released by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, reflecting 2015 data.

The highest obesity rate in Tennessee was among persons aged 45-64, with a rate of 39.4 percent. Those aged 26 to 44-years-old were just behind with a rate of 37.7 percent.

The numbers are even more somber when it comes to childhood obesity. Among 10-to-17-year-olds, Tennessee ranked 5th in the nation with an obesity rate of 20.5 percent. Data collected in the report was taken in 2011.

In 2015, Tennessee ranked second among 43 states in obesity rates among high school students with 18.6 percent.

Tennessee's adult obesity rate has jumped by almost 13% since 2000 and over 22% since 1990.

At the current rates, the report states Tennessee is projected to have 939,564 cases of diabetes by 2030, over 1.7 million cases of hypertension by 2030, and 1.896 million cases of heart disease by 2030.

Louisiana had the highest obesity rate in the nation with 36.2 percent, followed by Alabama, West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma rounding out the top eight.

See the full report: HERE


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