NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Adult obesity in the United States is increasing, with a greater impact on ethnic and racial minorities, according to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This occurs when health conditions appear to increase the risk of severe COVID-19.
In 2019 at least 35 percent of the adult population in 12 states was obese, up from nine in 2018, based on data obtained through a telephone survey conducted by the CDC and the health department.
Alabama has the highest prevalence, at 36.1 percent, followed by Alaska and Arizona, with Wyoming reporting the lowest percentage. The health agency warns that obesity triples in terms of hospitalization due to COVID-19.
Black and Hispanic adults have a higher prevalence than white adults. And it’s more likely to experience the worst impact of COVID-19, according to the report released on Thursday.
As many as 39.8 percent of black adults suffer the most from health conditions. This is followed by Hispanic adults with 33.8 percent and 29.9 percent non-Hispanic white adults.
Racial groups and ethnic minorities have historically had less opportunities for economic, physical and emotional health. And many of these factors contribute to higher obesity rates, the report said.
The US health agency states that adults. With active status students reported lower levels of obesity than those who were not. Then young adults are 50 percent more likely to be obese than middle age. (int1)