The US obesity rates keep escalating quickly. A record seven states now have obesity rates above 35%:
At least 35% of adults in seven U.S. states were obese in 2017 – up from five states in 2016, according to self-reported obesity prevalence data from the CDC.
In a news release, the CDC noted that five years ago, obesity prevalence in all seven states was under 35%.
The CDC estimated that obesity costs the U.S. healthcare system $147 billion a year.