Hawaii, the District of Columbia, and Colorado have the lowest rates at around 21% to 22% (The State of Obesity).
It is a shocking realization that the entire country is at least 21% obese.
This is often due to a lack of financial resources families are not able to afford fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other healthier foods.
This is substantiated by statements such as: In 2008, the world economy entered one of the most severe crises ever.
Many families, especially in the hardest hit countries, have been forced to cut their food expenditures, and tighter food budgets have provided incentives for consumers to switch to lower priced and less healthy foods.
(OECD)In addition to a lack of nutrition education to prevent obesity, a lack of finances is more often to blame: An Australian study found that people who experienced financial distress in 2008-09 had a 20% higher risk of becoming obese than those who did not. American children in families experiencing food insecurity are 22% more likely to become obese than children growing in other families.
There are many factors that are present when researching this growing problem.
Some of those factors include age, socioeconomic status, gender, and ethnicity.
If a child’s weight is between 85% and 95% they are considered overweight.
Anything above the 95th percentile is considered obese (The State of Obesity).