CDC: Every state has an obesity problem

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest obesity news indicates an overall widening of the US. The health agency's latest data indicates that 20% was the lowest level of obesity prevalence in any state in the US among adults.

The findings also showed a regional narrative: southern states had the highest rates, with 30.2% of adults ranking as obese, just outrunning the Midwest, which had a 30.1% rate, the Northeast, which hovered at 26.5% and the West, in which 24.9% of adults were obese.

The numbers matter because they represent a long list of potential health issues, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. An August CDC report indicated that the US diabetes risk has jumped to 40%. This one condition is associated with $245 billion in related healthcare costs, and patients have to put up more money for these medications, which can put adherence at risk.

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