Arizona obesity rate lands a number 7 spot on top 10 worst list - Tucson News Now

Arizona obesity rate lands a number 7 spot on top 10 worst list

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

While many states have seen lowering rates of obesity, Arizona has seen an increase, ranking number seven in the U.S. on the worst list. 

A recent report stated that Arizona is the only western state in the top ten; researchers on the project say that children need to spend more time outside, being active on a playground.

The number seven ranking comes from a project titled "F as in Fat" which looks at how obesity threatens America's future. It looked at children between 10 and 17-years-old.

The report also stated that 19.8 percent of Arizona children that age are obese.

Arizona was the only western state to rank in the top ten all other states at the top of the list were either in the South or Midwest.

Between 2007 and 2011 the country saw obesity drop, but during that same time Arizona's rate grew two percentage points, which some call a ‘substantial increase'.

The report also points out that obesity leads to a number of challenges, including financial; it states that annual health costs for an obese child are roughly two and a half times more than the average.

The highest obesity rate in the U.S. was Mississippi and the lowest was Oregon.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:16 AM EDT2017-07-20 12:16:13 GMT
    John McCainJohn McCain

    We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today. For all your local news, watch KOLD News 13 This Morning at 6 a.m.

    We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today. For all your local news, watch KOLD News 13 This Morning at 6 a.m.

  • Prop 101: Tucson Fire plans to update equipment

    Prop 101: Tucson Fire plans to update equipment

    Thursday, July 20 2017 7:52 AM EDT2017-07-20 11:52:50 GMT
    (Source: Tucson Fire Department)(Source: Tucson Fire Department)

    Thursday morning, Tucson Fire Department is testing out new equipment that may save your life on the road.   In May, Tucson voters approved a half-cent sales increase.   75 million

    Thursday morning, Tucson Fire Department is testing out new equipment that may save your life on the road. In May, Tucson voters approved a half-cent sales increase. 75 million dollars will be going to TFD to buy new equipment and update their aging fleet. Click here for a

  • BREAKING

    MONSOON ROAD CLOSURES: Speedway at I-10 closed till morning

    MONSOON ROAD CLOSURES: Speedway at I-10 closed till morning

    Thursday, July 20 2017 1:23 AM EDT2017-07-20 05:23:11 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Due to a power outage and flooding, Speedway at Interstate 10 will be closed until 5 a.m. Thursday, city police said.

    Due to a power outage and flooding, Speedway at Interstate 10 will be closed until 5 a.m. Thursday, city police said.

Powered by Frankly