Obesity in America is a pervasive and concerning public health issue. With over one-third of adults classified as obese, the nation faces a significant health crisis. Obesity contributes to a higher risk of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, leading to increased healthcare costs and reduced quality of life. Addressing this epidemic requires a multifaceted approach, including promoting healthy lifestyles, improving access to nutritious food, and increasing physical activity opportunities for all Americans.


How does Idaho compare to the rest of the country?

24/7 Wall St. ranked the most obese states in the country and found that the Southern states have the highest obesity rates and that the lowest was found in the West and Northeast regions of the country. Idaho has not been immune to the obesity epidemic that has affected the entire country. Like many states in the U.S., Idaho has seen an increase in obesity rates over the past few decades.

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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2020, the adult obesity rate in Idaho was approximately 30.4%, slightly above the national average.

That was 2020. Where is that number now? 

According to 24/7 Wall St., that number could have increased because of the Pandemic. Lockdowns and social distancing measures limited physical activity and access to gyms, contributing to a more sedentary lifestyle for many people. Reduced physical activity can lead to weight gain or exacerbate existing obesity. The Pandemic brought about increased stress and anxiety for many individuals. Stress can lead to emotional eating and unhealthy food choices, potentially contributing to weight gain and obesity.

Idaho's Obesity Is On The Rise: Here's How Idaho Compares To Other States

24/7 Wall St., methodology: "To determine the most obese states, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on obesity from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program’s 2023 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report. States were ranked based on the prevalence of self-reported obesity among adults 20 years and older – with obesity being defined as having a body mass index of 30.0 and above." States are ranked lowest to highest.

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