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South Carolina obesity rate still among highest, report finds

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – South Carolina has the seventh-highest adult obesity rate in the country, according to a report released last week by a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

The "F as in Fat" report found that South Carolina's adult obesity rate was 31.6 percent in 2012, compared to 30.8 percent in 2011, when it was ranked eighth most obese state. The annual report is a project of the Trust for America's Health organization and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"While stable rates of adult obesity may signal prevention efforts are starting to yield some results, the rates remain extremely high," said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH. "Even if the nation holds steady at the current rates, Baby Boomers — who are aging into obesity-related illnesses — and the rapidly rising numbers of extremely obese Americans are already translating into a cost crisis for the healthcare system and Medicare."

The obesity rates in South Carolina vary by age: Baby Boomers (45 to 64-year-olds) have an obesity rate of 36.8 percent, compared to seniors (over 65) at 27.2 percent and young adults (18-25) with a rate of 19.2 percent.

Men's obesity rates have been climbing faster than women's rates nationwide, and in South Carolina, the rate for men is now 30.1 percent and 33.1 percent for women.

For more data about the obesity problem, including interactive maps and charts, detailed data, and the complete "F as in Fat" report, visit:

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