Hoosiers are growing fatter than ever according to a new study released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The report titled “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010” shows that 28.1 percent of Indiana adults are obese, up slightly from 27.4 percent a year ago. The bloated figure makes Indiana the seventeenth fattest state.
Among Hoosier men, 27.1 percent were considered obese compared to 28.6 percent of women.
By race, 35.9 percent of blacks in Indiana are obese, far outpacing whites at 27.9 percent and hispanics at 26.8 percent.
Indiana ranked slightly higher in adults who experience diabetes at fifteenth with 9.1 percent suffering.
Hoosier children ages 10 to 17 were far healthier as the obesity rate in that age range was 14.6 percent, good for twenty-seventh in the nation. Only 31.1 percent of Indiana children ages 6 to 17 reported participating in some vigorous physical activity each day, fairly middle-of-the-road among all other states.
Kentucky had the nation’s seventh highest obesity rate at 30.5 percent. Ohio was thirteenth at 29.0 percent.
Indiana and Kentucky were both lauded in the report as two of 16 states where legislation was passed in 2010 requiring restaurants to post nutrition information next to their menu items.
F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010 - http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/20100629fasinfatmainreport.pdf
Indiana Health and Human Services - http://www.in.gov/core/family.html