CHICAGO (CBS) — A new state-by-state study has found Illinois just about in the middle of the pack when it comes to the percentage of the population that’s obese.
With 29 percent of its adults considered obese, Illinois ranks 28th among the 50 states.READ MORE: South Shore Woman Sees Police Activity After Shooting Leaves Man Dead, Only To Find Out It Was Her Own Beloved Brother
Albert Lang, spokesman for the Trust for America’s Health, said baby boomers are the fattest group, while millennials tend to be fitter. He said there’s also a racial gap.
“In Illinois, white people have a 28 percent obesity rate, whereas black people have a 40.2 percent rate. So that’s one thing, especially when you talk about neighborhoods and communities, you have to focus on ensuring some of the lower income and the black communities have that kind of access to safe places to exercise and fresh foods,” Lang said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Patchy Frost Well Inland