• Mackenzie Dekle

Georgia obesity rates on the increase

According to AJC, for the year 2018, Georgia's obesity rate for adults ranks as the 24th highest in the country. The adult rate is 31.6 percent. Georgia's obesity rate for children ages 10-18 is considered as the 18th highest in the country.

According to AJC, "For the 2018 report, researchers used the latest data and trends on childhood and adult obesity and found the national obesity rate for adults is approximately 39.6 percent, up from 30.5 percent in 1999," and "The national rate of childhood obesity increased from 13.9 percent in 1999 to 18.5 percent in 2016."

The obesity rates were vastly different between racial and ethnic groups. For example, for Georgia, the obesity rate among the White population is 29.5 percent, while for the Black population, it's 37.1 percent, and for the Latino population it's 29.9 percent. There is a big difference in obesity rates among gender, as well. The obesity rate among men is 29.7 percent and for women is 33.6 percent.

The national rate for child obesity has changed throughout the years. The percent for childhood obesity nationally in 1999 was 13.9 percent and 18.5 percent in 2016. Also, 25.8 percent of Latino children and 22 percent of Black children were obese according to 2016 reports.

Rates of obesity increase as a child grows older. According to data from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, data showed that in America 14.8 percent of high school students were obese, and 15.6 percent were overweight.

According to the State of Obesity report, although obesity rates are higher than in past decades, the rise has slowed in the last few years.