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Fat, and fatter
8/30/2011
 
The United States of America can be grouped into two categories: fat, and fatter. The state with the lowest obesity rate today would have been considered the fattest in 1995, according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health.

South Carolina is the eighth most-obese state, with an adult obesity rate of 30.9%. South Carolina is one of 12 states where the obesity rate is above 30%.

Not surprisingly, the diabetes rate in South Carolina has increased from 6% in 1995 to 10.4%. The hypertension rate has increased from 24.4% to 31.5%. “Losing weight decreases the probability of falling sick, which in turn decreases expected medical care costs,” the report’s authors noted.

South Carolina is taking some steps to improve outcomes among children. According to a story in Midlands Business Trends, the state’s school meal standards are stricter than required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. South Carolina also has legislation that requires body mass index screening for children and adolescents.