A report published this week in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows after two decades of increasing rates, the occurrence of obesity seems to have leveled off. The national rate continues to hover around 35 percent among adults. Indiana State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin says around 30% of Hoosiers were labeled “obese” in 2010.
“The emphasis about this article isn’t so much that we don’t have a national concern of obesity, it’s just that the trend has not been wildly out of control,” Larkin says. “We definitely still have a considerable problem with obesity.”
The Indiana State Department of Health has implemented a 10-year plan encouraging community education, access to nutritious foods and exercise equipment. The plan also emphasizes structuring the work day to promote more physical activity.