Obesity

Georgia Ranks In Top 20 Among Most Obese States

Nov 7, 2019
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The U.S. spends nearly $200 billion in annual health care costs related to obesity, according to the Campaign to End Obesity website. In some states however, the costs are becoming lower than others.

A study published Tuesday by Wallethub, a personal finance website, names the “Fattest States of America." Georgia placed No. 19 on the study, which is a slight improvement over last year's ranking.

In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how obesity can negate a women’s natural protections against cardiovascular disease.


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how strengthening muscle may be more important than losing pounds when it comes to the maladies associated with being overweight. The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.


In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses a reason why people with obesity and diabetes have higher rates of cognitive decline as they age. 

The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.

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More than 93 million Americans — nearly 40% — are considered obese and Georgia ranks 38th on a list of “fittest” to “fattest” states, according to a recent study.

Lack of access to healthy food, inadequate transportation and inactivity contribute to the rise of obesity, but state policies could help reduce and even prevent obesity, according to Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization that contributed to a Georgia profile report on obesity.

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Georgia ranks 8th in the nation for high obesity rates in children aged 10 to 17, a recent study done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows. But some state officials are working to change that with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Though Georgia does not mandate physical education in middle and high school, leaders in the Fayette County School District have enacted policies to make sure children in the county have access to proper diet and exercise.

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A recent report by the United Health Foundation says Georgia’s obesity rate for seniors 65 and older is slightly higher than the national average, and that report suggests it may climb even more. GPB’s Sean Powers explores what that’ll mean for nursing homes.