A new report says Native Americans in Arizona have the highest obesity rate in the country. Trust for America’s Health just released “The State of Obesity 2015” and that report claims 81 percent of Arizona’s Native Americans were obese or overweight in 2013.
Four of five adult Native Americans in Arizona were obese or overweight in 2013, the highest rate in the nation among states studied in a new report. Advocates said they were not surprised by the numbers, pointing to the unavailability of fresh and healthy food and a lack of access to health care services for many Native Americans in the state.
“The tribes are located in very remote parts of the state. It often takes up to one to two hours to get to a center” for health care, said Kristine FireThunder, director of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs.
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According to the Arizona Daily Sun – “Native Americans are not alone in the trend toward obesity. Obesity rates nationally have more than doubled in the past 35 years, and the average American weighs over 24 pounds more than in 1960. In Arizona, the obesity rate among the overall population has almost tripled since 1990, going from 10.6 percent to 28.9 percent in 2014,”
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