You may have seen this story last week; it hit the wires last Monday (Aug. 27, 2007).
Trust for America’s Health released its “F as in Fat” report on obesity rates by state and Tennessee climbed to fifth, tied with South Carolina.
In Tennessee, 27.8 percent of the population is considered to be obese.
A body mass index greater than 30 is consider obese (I’m probably on the line between overweight and obese unfortunately). Overweight is a BMI of 25 to 29.9 and normal is 18.5 to 24.9.
Here an online BMI calculator so you ca get a guess of yours.
The survey also that that 30.5 percent do not engage in any physical activity (the national average is 22 percent.).
The duh-huh fact is: A lack of exercise is a huge factor in obesity rates.
The same group has a set of stats on the health of Tennesseans.
Ok, last week …
Need to do a little better.