Childhood obesity has become an increasingly severe issue in the United States, as acknowledged by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who considers it one of the most critical public health challenges of this century. Approximately one in every five children and adolescents in the United States is affected, totaling around 14.7 million individuals. As a result, Playground Equipment has released an informative infographic focusing on the states with the highest rates of child obesity. Based on data from the Global Obesity Observatory, the United States ranks 12th globally in terms of childhood obesity rates.
The research conducted by Playground Equipment's team reveals that West Virginia has the highest rate of child obesity, reaching an alarming 26%. Other states with elevated rates include Kentucky (25.5%), Louisiana (24%), Mississippi (23.1%), and Tennessee (22.5%). Conversely, states with the lowest rates of child obesity are Montana (10.2%), Colorado (10.8%), Wyoming (11.5%), Utah (12.0%), and North Dakota (12.6%).
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