Obesity rate in Connecticut projected to rise 20 percent by 2030

The percentage of obesity Connecticut residents is projected to spike dramatically by 2030, from the 24.5 percent who were obese in 2011 to 46.5 percent.

That’s according to the annual “F as in Fat” report released this morning by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health. For the first time, the report includes analysis that forecasts adult obesity rate in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs. The report also shows that states could prevent obesity-related diseases and save on health costs with the average body mass index of residents was reduced by just 5 percent by 2030.

Body mass index (BMI) is a number calculated using height and weight. A “normal” BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and a BMI over 30 is considered obese.

Connecticut has long been one of the slimmer states in the nation. Statistics released earlier this summer by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Connecticut was tied with New York and Nevada for the seventh lowest obesity rate in the country.

Even with an obesity rate of 46.5 percent, Connecticut would still be svelte compared to many other states, with the fifth-lowest obesity rate. Mississippi, which currently has the highest obesity rate at 34.9, is projected to remain on top in 2030, with 66.7 of its residents projected to be obese at that point.

In fact, by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent and 39 states could have rates above 50 percent and 50 states could have rates above 44 percent.

More details will be available later today.

Amanda Cuda