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.

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Amanda Cuda

2 Responses

  1. As a fitness professional and worksite wellness advocate for 30 years, I want to thank Amanda for her great work in getting the word out.

    The best news? Small daily changes in physical activity CAN and if consistent, WILL affect these obestiry numbers.

    Can’t work with a personal trainer? There are so many inexpensive, time efficient ways to get fit. Try one!

  2. […] Connecticut Post: More than 46 percent of state residents could be obese by 2030, according to a new report. That number would still make Connecticut among the slimmest states in the nation — the report forecasts that by 2030 at least 13 states will have adult obesity rates higher than 60 percent, with Mississippi topping the list at 66.7 percent. […]