WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Iowa’s Franklin county is suffering a surge of obesity and is failing to flatten the curve on the fat bulge, new research claims.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 42% of American adults are obese and that rate has doubled in the past 20 years and has nearly tripled over the past 50 years. The research team at MedicareAdvantage.com just published a national ranking of counties with the sharpest 10 year-increase and decline in obesity among citizens. Franklin County in Iowa saw obesity rates increase by 20.1% during that span, which is the eighth-highest in the nation.
Additional Franklin Co. obesity data:
The county saw its obesity rate climb from 26.7% of residents in 2006 to 46.8% in 2016.
Franklin County’s current obesity rate, 46.8%, is 14.8 percentage points higher than the state obesity average of 32.0%.
Franklin Co. is the only county from Iowa to rank in the top 25 for greatest obesity increases in the nation.
The study is based off the most recent CDC and Prevention Division of Diabetes Translation data.
Obesity is one of the most prominent risks to the health of Americans, and that risk is amplified amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
People with obesity have an increased risk for severe (and potentially fatal) complications from COVID-19 infection. In fact, early data shows that obesity is one of the top underlying conditions among people aged 18-64 who have been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, second only to hypertension.