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Obesity Bigger Problem in Rural Areas Than Cities, Study Finds

Obesity Bigger Problem in Rural Areas Than Cities, Study Finds

A CDC study found obesity is a bigger problem in rural areas than in cities. (Starast/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Saturday, 16 June 2018 03:27 PM

A new U.S. study has determined obesity is a bigger problem in rural areas than in cities.

The report from the U.S. Centers for Diseas Control and Prevention found that while about 29 percent of city residents had an obesity problem in 2016, that number rose to more than 36 percent for those living in the country. The figures confirm reports from earlier studies, according to UPI.

The differences between the two groups is more significant in the southern states.

Rural Colorado residents averaged 21 percent obese, as opposed to 39 percent for those living in Louisiana.

Colorado city residents also scored the lowest in the country: 22.5 percent versus West Virginia’s 37 percent.

"One possible contributing factor is the high rate of persistent poverty in the South, which also is affected by the largest difference in poverty rate between metropolitan and nonmetropolitan county residents," Elizabeth Lundeen and colleagues wrote on the CDC's website.

Lundeen,  who’s associated with the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, is the report’s author and study group leader.

Obesity is a matter of concern for health professionals because it can lead to other problems, most notably heart disease and diabetes. There is also a correlation between obesity and arthritis and as many as 12 types of cancer.

Body mass index (BMI) data from more than 438,000 adult participants in all 50 states plus the Washington, D.C. ,area were used by the researchers in the study. A BMI of 30 and above is considered obese.

As expected, the study recommends a regular exercise regimen, coupled with a healthier diet.

It also suggested opening public facilities — including school gymnasiums — after hours for local residents, establishing bicycle lanes on public streets, and building bicycle paths and outdoor sports facilities.

A few people on social media suggested the problem might be one of accessibility.

 

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