Annual Report on State of Obesity Confirms Hopeful Trends

09/13/2017 - Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 14th annual edition of The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America on August 31. The State of Obesity website provides interactive tools and information found in the report; the entire report is also available to download.

The report found that U.S. adult obesity rates between 2015 and 2016 increased in four states (Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and West Virginia), decreased in one (Kansas) and remained stable in the rest. These findings support trends showing steadying levels in recent years, with the important caveat that significant racial and ethnic inequities remain.

Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are Academy partners. Academy members are encouraged to use the State of Obesity partner toolkit, which includes new adult data in addition to school, early childhood education, and community policies.