A new study shows the U.S. obesity epidemic is showing no signs of slowing down, andthe Pacific Northwest is no exception.
Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control finds obesity rates at or above 25 percent in almost every state.
With one in four Americans qualifying as obese, the numbers are climbing in Oregon and Washington as well.
“We've seen it go up dramatically. If we look back at the 1980's or the year 2000, the percentage of Washington state residents that were obese was significantly lower,” said John Auerbach, the CEO of Trust in America's Health.
The hardest hit states include Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, where obesity rates are higher than 35 percent.
In general, the CDC found obesity rates were highest among southern and midwestern states, families with lower-income, and among black and Latino populations.
Health officials made 40 recommendations to federal, state, and local governments, including expanded policies and programs to fight obesity.