Over the past 25 years, obesity prevalence among adults has increased astronomically. In 1990, 10 US states had less than 10% obesity prevalence among their adult population. In 2010, no US states had less than a 20% obesity prevalence! Currently, the most obese state in the country is Arkansas, with an adult obesity rate of nearly 36%.
Illinois currently has about 3.8 million adults who are obese, about 29.3% of the state population. This prevalence rate puts our state near the middle of the list, as the 26th least obese US state/territory.
Adults who are obese have an increased risk for many different physical problems and ailments, including but not limited to:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Certain Types of Cancer (specifically endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
- Mental Illness
- Body Pain
- All Causes of Death