The annual State of Obesity report has been released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – and the news is not good for Rhode Island.
While we have made progress in the fight against obesity and obesity-related health issues in our state, we still have a long way to go.
Rhode Island’s adult obesity rate stands at 26.6 percent – this number is up from 16.9 percent in 2000 and from 10.1 percent in 1990. Obesity rates are higher among Black (31.9 percent) and Latino (30.8 percent) residents. There has also been an uptick in the combined overweight & obesity rate for 10- to 17-year olds in the state, currently at 36.3 percent.
The report also projects alarming increases in the burden of obesity-related health issues if the current pace of growth continues – with cases of diabetes and heart disease skyrocketing in Rhode Island by 2030.
This new data underscores the importance of our policy priorities as we work to increase access to healthy foods, reduce consumption of sugary beverages and promote opportunities for physical activity in the Ocean State.
You can read more about where Rhode Island stands on its State of Obesity report page.