A report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 30.5 percent of Georgians were obese in 2014, making Georgia No. 19 in the nation.
The 0.1 increase from 2013 puts Georgia on the ‘steady path,’ neither declining nor improving. Unfortunately, the South is known for obesity problems and Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana all ranked in the Top 5 states for obesity in the nation.
Georgia Health News offered a statement issued from the Georgia Department of Health on the recent study:
“While we recognize there is significant work to be done in Georgia to reduce the adult obesity rate, the fact the state remained statistically flat from year to year is a positive,” Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, said in a statement to GHN about the data.
“We are seeing significant improvements in our youngest Georgians,’’ she added, citing the state’s SHAPE program to reduce childhood obesity and its Power Up for 30 initiative, which encourages schools to give children an additional 30 minutes of physical activity daily.
In Georgia, minorities are more likely to be obese. Blacks obesity rate is over the state average at 37.5 while whites is 27.5 in Georgia