ALABAMA HAS 5TH HIGHEST U.S. ADULT OBESITY RATE

By Shawna Bray, WVUA 23 Staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—Since 2000, Alabama’s adult obesity rate has increased 10.9 percent, making it the 5th highest in the nation.

Alabama’s adult obesity rates have been rising dramatically since the ’90s. According to the State of Obesity study, these rates have increased from 11.2 percent in 1990, to 22.6 percent in 2000, to today’s state record of 33.5 percent.

The highest obesity rates in Alabama are among those ages 45 to 64. In this age group, 38.7 percent are obese.

Dr. Robert Posey, a doctor at Tuscaloosa Medical Center, said to balance your calorie intake with the necessary amount of exercise.

“In this part of this country, it has a lot to do with what we eat and what we were raised eating,” Posey said . “Losing weight, keeping your weight down, is all about burning calories. How many you take in and how many you burn. If you take in more than you burn, it’s going to add weight.”

 

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