Here are some statistics about Tennessee from the annual obesity report by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which measured obesity rates and related health problems in the 50 states.

Obesity ranking: 4, with 31.9% of adults. Tennessee ranks No. 3 for fastest growth in obesity, increasing from 16.4% in 1995 to 31.9% in 2010.

Diabetes ranking: 5, with 10.6% of adults.

Hypertension ranking: 5, with 32.2% of adults.

Physical inactivity ranking: 5, with 29.9% of adults not engaging in exercise or physical activity in the past 30 days.

Obese children ranking: 6, with 20.6% of children ages 10-17.

Poverty ranking: 9th (tied with Arkansas, Arizona, West Virginia).

Gender breakdown of obese adults: 31.9% of men, 32.3% of women.

Overweight or obese adults: 68.3%.

Quote: "Dyersburg is like a lot of small towns in America. Most people make a living by farming or working in factories, and we're small enough that people still say hello on the street and wave to each other when they drive by. Overall, we're not a wealthy place, but we're not poor either. And somewhere over the past 30 years, a lot of us here gained much too much weight. Basically, we ate too much and moved too little." - Randy Butler of CEO of the Dyer County YMCA, who wrote a personal commentary in the report about his community's efforts to fight obesity.


Source: "F as in Fat 2011," annual report on obesity

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