Michigan ranks the 10th most obese state in the country

WXYZ - An annual study on obesity in the country ranks Michigan as the 10th most obese state in the country. Michigan is one of six states where adult obesity rates increased by 16%. Also that our state is one of 12 states where obesity rates climbed above 30%.

This year the report took a look at how the obesity epidemic has grown over the past 20 years. 

Over the past 15 years, seven states have doubled their rate of obesity. Another 10 states nearly doubled their obesity rate, with increases of at least 90 percent, and 22 more states saw obesity rates increase by at least 80 percent.

 Fifteen years ago, Michigan had an obesity rate of 17.2 percent and was ranked fourth most obese state in the nation. The obesity rate in Michigan increased by 77 percent over the last 15 years.


 Fifteen years ago, Michigan had a combined obesity and overweight rate of 53.6 percent. Ten years ago, it was 59.3 percent. Now, the combined rate is 65.7 percent.

Diabetes rates have doubled in ten states over the past 15 years. In 1995, Michigan had a diabetes rate of 7.6 percent. Now the diabetes rate is 9.5 percent.

Fifteen years ago, Michigan had a hypertension rate of 23.1 percent. Now, the rate is 28.7 percent.


According to the study, ethnic minority adults and those with less education or who make less money continue to have the highest overall obesity rates.

  Adult obesity rates in Michigan were 41.1 percent for Blacks. Nationally, obesity rates for Blacks topped 40 percent in 15 states, 35 percent in 35 states, and 30 percent in 42 states and D.C.

Rates of adult obesity for Latinos were 32.9 percent in Michigan. National Latino obesity rates were above 35 percent in four states (Mississippi, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Texas) and at 30 percent and above in 23 states.

Meanwhile, rates of adult obesity for Whites topped 30 percent in just four states (Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and West Virginia) and no state had a rate higher than 32.1 percent. The rates of adult obesity for Whites were 29.1 percent in Michigan.

Nearly 33 percent of adults who did not graduate high school are obese compared with 21.5 percent of adults who graduated from college or a technical college.

More than 33 percent of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year were obese compared with 24.6 percent of adults who earn $50,000 or more per year.


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