Sit Still, Gain Weight

Study results are once again pointing out Tennessee’s paunch: the sixth annual F as in Fat, How Obesity Rates are Failing in America in 2009 ranked our state fourth for obese adults—those with a body mass index higher than 30 in data combined from 2006-2008. At 30.2 percent, Tennessee is one of just four states with obesity rates above 30 percent, and one of eight Southern states in the top 10.

One of the many other health habits linked to obesity is physical inactivity; Tennessee rated fifth in the nation for its percentage of inactive adults. A small glimmer of hope: The state did also report a 1.2 percent decline in the number of inactive adults between 2006-2008. Here’s how the two statistics—obesity and physical inactivity—played out in the seven states with the highest rate of adult inactivity:

Highest Rates of Inactivity (by State)

Rank / State / % / Obesity Rank

1 / Miss. / 31.8 / 1

2 / Ky. / 30.4 / 7

3 (tie) / La. / 30.3 / 8

3 (tie) / Okl. / 30.3 / 6

5 / Tenn. / 29.8 / 4

6 / Ala. / 29.5 / 2

7 / Ark. / 28.8 / 10

Source: Trust for America’s Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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