A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds the nation’s obesity rate has climbed to almost 38%, which is up from 32% ten years ago. Department of Health and Hospitals Assistant Secretary of Public Health JT Lane says Louisiana’s obesity rate is at 35% and although they’d like to see it lower, we’re heading in the right direction.
“We are seeing some statistically significant decreases in physical inactivity in the state according to the larger report, so that is a welcome sign.”
The CDC found the obesity rate for women in the country is now higher than men. Lane says in Louisiana the obesity rate for women is 36% and for men it’s 33%. He says there is an even greater disparity between white and black adults.
“For white adults it’s 30.5% and for black adults, it’s 43%, so that is something that definitely concerns me.”
Lane says DHH is working hard to reduce these disparities in the state. He says by implementing “Well Spots,” in over one-thousand businesses statewide, they’re making a conscious effort to help people live healthier lives.
“Lifestyle changes take time and what our approach has been is to find the right way to incentivize each and every person to make some small changes and enable them to make larger changes over time.”