Study: Louisiana is one of the most obese states in the country

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(The Advertiser)- Louisiana is the sixth most obese state in the country, according to a new national study.

The report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation states that 36.2 percent of Louisiana adults have obesity. 

Other findings in the study:

  • 13.2 percent of low-income children in Louisiana ages 2 to 4 have obesity
  • 19.2 percent of children ages 10 to 17 in Louisiana have obesity
  • 17 percent of Louisiana high school students have obesity

The study also broke down obesity rates among demographics.

In Louisiana, 21 percent of people ages 18 to 24 have obesity, as do 36.5 percent of people ages 25 to 44, 42.9 percent of people ages 45 to 64 and 34.2 percent of people 65 or older.

Also in Louisiana, 42.6 percent of black people are obese, as are 32.3 percent of Latino residents and 33.4 percent of white residents.

Obesity has long been tied to other health problems, a trend that continues to be reflected in the latest study.

In Louisiana, 13.6 percent of adults have diabetes and 39 percent of adults have hypertension, the study reported. In addition, 31.8 percent of Louisiana adults are not physically active.

The states with the highest obesity rates were West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Iowa, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alaska and South Carolina.

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