Illinois Ranked Fourth Worst State For Juvenile Obesity

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Land of Lincoln is becoming the land of the large.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports, Illinois ranks 23rd in obesity overall. But Rich Hamburg, deputy director of the nonprofit, Trust for America’s Health, says the rate is much worse for the younger set.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Nancy Harty reports

“The rates among kids; among teens are disturbing,” he said. “Illinois comes in at fourth.”

The adult obesity rate in Illinois is about 28 percent. It is higher among African-Americans and Latinos.

Hamburg says while obesity is more common, the standard is still a body mass index of 30 and above.

“The scale hasn’t changed,” he said. “The numbers certainly have.”

Also on the way up are the state’s diabetes and hypertension rates.

Hamburg says $1 billion next year for community education aims to fight childhood obesity and lower health care costs.

  • tom Sharp

    Let them eat each other, that will literally kill two (jail) birds with one stone!

  • dave

    Looks like all those “free” school lunches paid for by us taxpayers are really working out.

  • lady a

    ha ha ha – A billion dollars for a study. What french fries are better? whose got better hot dogs? Come on parents – wake up. Cook some better meals for your kids.

  • Pamela

    Let’s not put all the blame on the parents. What about the school system? When I was a kid you had to take 12 years of Gym class. What about after school sports? Understand things cost but what about the kids that want to do after school sports and can”t afford it. And the cost of the gear that you need to take that sports. Use to be the schools would supply it now. That’s why kids sit at home watching T.V. or on the computers, Facebook. Anymore you just don’t see kids playing outside anymore. So let’s not blame it all on the parents.

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