New National Obesity Statistics are Troublesome says Children’s Obesity Fund

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Brothers Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, M.D., through their non-profit The Children’s Obesity Fund, are concerned that while there are minor variances in the rate of obesity state-by-state in the United States, a recent Gallup report confirms that the overall national incidence of obesity is still 26.2 percent.

Overall throughout the United States, obesity rates remained steady in 2012 as compared to 2011, according to a study recently released by the Gallup-Healthways Organization and reported in numerous national news agencies. According to the data, Coloradans are the country’s least obese population while those living in West Virginia have the highest incidence of obesity. In addition to overall obesity rates, the rates of diabetes and high blood pressure were also examined and were essentially unchanged throughout the reporting period.

“Some might take comfort in the news that obesity rates remained the same, but I personally don’t think that just holding steady is good enough when we are already in crisis,” says Michael Omidi, M.D., a co-founder of Children’s Obesity Fund. “My concern is heightened by the major health concerns related to carrying excess weight. Diabetes and hypertension are serious conditions that can be debilitating in the short term and life threatening if allowed to persist.”

Although Delaware has reported a decrease in obesity rates between the years 2011 and 2012, three states, Georgia, New Jersey and North Carolina saw an increase in obesity. For the third year in a row, Colorado is the state with the lowest rate of obesity (the only one less than 20 percent) and West Virginia has the highest obesity rate at 33.5 percent. A full list of obesity rates within the 50 states is available on the website.

The national obesity rate remained steady at 26.2% in 2012, compared with 26.1% in 2011. This data was collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and comes from more than 300,000 telephone surveys of American adults between January 1 and December 31, 2012.

Co-founded by Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, M.D., the Children’s Obesity Fund ( hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit charity is to help people fully understand the obesity issue and its dire impacts on individuals and society as a whole -- and to use that knowledge to encourage children to grow up strong and healthy. Children’s Obesity Fund partners with other organizations to educate and support parents, educators and others so that we can all work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. While the organization does not accept donations, it does encourage direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on our website. Children’s Obesity Fund is on Facebook as well as Google+, Twitter and Pinterest.

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