According to a report recently released by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health – aptly titled “F as in Fat” – South Carolina has the seventh-highest adult obesity rate in the country (31.6 percent). South Carolina also ranks seventh in the country for adults with diabetes (11.6 percent) and seventh for adults with hypertension (36.4 percent).
The F as in Fat rate does not include the percentage of adults who are simply overweight, a lower threshold than obesity. The percentage of adults in South Carolina who are either overweight or obese is 66.2 percent, according to an August 20 article in the Charleston Post and Courier.
The Introduction to the TFAH report warns, “If we fail to reverse our nation’s obesity epidemic, the current generation of young people may be the first in American history to live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation.” [You can read the entire report here.] They’re likely to be poorer as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.