A new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health shows that obesity rates in the United States are climbing, with the majority of the blame falling on the shoulders of the Baby Boomers.
Although obesity rates have shot up in Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming, the rest of the union remains relatively stable.
Baby Boomers beat out every other category, reaching 35 percent obesity in 17 states and 30 percent in 41 states. Weight gain in the younger generation has been constant for the last decade. One out of three children and teens is obese, and obesity occasionally arrives early. Just over one in ten children become obese from the ages of 2 and 5.
Minorities pattern themselves after Baby Boomers. Adult blacks placed at 40 percent in 11 states and Latinos at 35 percent in 5 states. These racial disparities in weight gain begin to appear between the ages of 2 and 19, although from 2005 to 2011, preschoolers from low-income families in 18 states saw obesity rates decline.