A new study says just over 27-percent of Nebraskans are obese, the 24th highest in the nation. The annual report by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that overall Americans are getting fatter.
Fifteen years ago, Nebraska had an obesity rate of 15.2-percent and was ranked 20th most obese state in the nation. The obesity rate in Nebraska increased more than 80-percent over the last 15 years
Rich Hamburg, Deputy Director at TAFH, says they see differences particularly among socio-economic standings. “There is a strong correlation with poverty rates in states with levels of obesity.”
Hamburg says the obesity “epidemic” was many years in the making. He says reversing the trend requires effort from all elements including schools, parents, businesses and government.