March 8, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A report says if current health trends continue, six in 10 West Virginia adults could be considered obese by the year 2030.
The report was released Tuesday by the nonprofit groups Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
It found that the number of obese adults in the state and related disease rates and health-care costs are on course to skyrocket over the next two decades.
The report says obesity-related diseases can be prevented and health-care costs reduced if West Virginia adults reduce their average body mass index by 5 percent by 2030. For instance, that would mean a 6-foot tall person who weighs 200 pounds would lose roughly 10 pounds.
Last month a government report found 32 percent of West Virginia adults were obese.