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Hawaii has nation's 2nd-lowest adult obesity rate

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:31 a.m. HST, Sep 18, 2012

Hawaii's 2011 adult obesity rate is the second-lowest in the nation, but that could change dramatically for the worse in 20 years, according to a report released today by two public health groups.

Hawaii ranked 50th with a 2011 obesity rate of 21.8 percent, according to the report titled, "F as in Fat: How ObesityThreatens America's Future 2012," by Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The state with the lowest rate was Colorado at 20.7 percent.

But the number of obese adults has grown dramatically in Hawaii over the past 15 years and is expected to grow even more in the next 20 years, the report said. The groups warned Hawaii's obesity rate is projected to climb to 51.8 percent in 2030, if the Aloha State continues on its current trajectory. In 1995, Hawaii's obesity rate was 10.6 percent.

"By 2030, obesity-related health care costs in Hawaii could climb by more than 12.3 percent, which would the 38th highest increase in the country," the report said. "In the United States, medical costs associated with treating preventable obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase by $48 billion to $66 billion per year by 2030."

This is the first time the annual report forecasts 2030 adult obesity rates.

"This study shows us two futures for America's health," said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "At every level of government, we must pursue policies that preserve health, prevent disease and reduce health care costs. Nothing less is acceptable."

If body mass index would be reduced by 5 percent, Hawaii's rate in 2030 would instead be 45.5 percent, the report said.

Hawaii has one of the lowest obesity rates in the nation for 10- to 17-year-olds. Hawaii tied for 46th with Iowa at 11.2 percent.

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Publicbraddah wrote:
I don't know how accurate that is. Just go walking around your neighborhood. Lots of morbidly obese people slurping their super sized drinks.
on September 18,2012 | 06:23AM
palani wrote:
Yeah, if the numbers are anywhere near accurate, then the rest of the country must be in really bad shape.
on September 18,2012 | 06:56AM
BO0o07 wrote:
Probably adding another 7-10% to the Obesity rate is more accurate.
on September 18,2012 | 08:29AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Hawaii also has the second longest bridge in the US. Of course, I would be happy to sell it. Ok, the old mullet dude put in the highest bid, using tax dollars of course. Oh, it will be part of the rail system, makes cents.
on September 18,2012 | 10:55AM
username_required wrote:
This comment reminds me of my friend back in school who fancied himself a car guy. One time he started my car, revved my engine, watched my tachometer, and said "this is not accurate." Because his brain housed the more accurate rpm figures.
on September 18,2012 | 11:19AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Don't get bent out of shape. It's just an opinion.
on September 18,2012 | 11:22AM
allie wrote:
I am 5'9" 115. I have gained one entire pound since coming to UH to study! That said, public education is critical to this effort to curb obesity. I work fast-food pizza in Waikiki and we are full at night with after hour crowds looking for cheap food. Truth is, many low income folks can only afford cheap, unhealthy foods.
on September 18,2012 | 11:57AM
honopic wrote:
Many of us already know more about you, allie, than we'd like to know. We know you're from ND, that you go to UH free because you claim Native American heritage, that you sling pizza in Waikiki at night, and that you post on almost every topic you read. I, for one, don't care about your height or weight or your opinion of the obesity probelm. What I would like to know is, with all the posting you do at all hours, when do you find time to go to class and study?
on September 18,2012 | 12:14PM
aomohoa wrote:
Thank you for your post honopic:) Allie usually has something useless to say. She knows nothing about the people here. You forgot comment on the fact that she constantly insults the Hawaiian people and their heritage.
on September 18,2012 | 02:23PM
mamacita808 wrote:
on September 18,2012 | 02:26PM
Grimbold wrote:
This low obesity rate can only be , because Hawaii is failing to properly report the obesity cases. How can that be when you can hardly see any older polynesianrace Hawaiians of normal weight? Or is the large percentage of Asian responsible fot his low rate - They are usually not so hippo-like.
on September 18,2012 | 06:26AM
Sid_Hartha wrote:
OMG! If we are 2nd, how fat has the mainland gotten?
on September 18,2012 | 06:53AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Go rent "Supersize Me" then you'll have a really good idea. BTW watching that movie at least once a year is like getting a vacination for obesity.
on September 18,2012 | 07:44AM
f8ldzz wrote:
This movie is a joke. Go watch "Fat Head". Stop spreading this vegan propaganda.
on September 18,2012 | 12:47PM
aomohoa wrote:
I had a friend come here from California and she is probably 50lbs over weight. She felt skinny here.
on September 18,2012 | 09:11AM
false wrote:
Its because they started to use fake mayo in the mac salad about 20 years ago..
on September 18,2012 | 07:17AM
aomohoa wrote:
Yeah right. LOL! Could it be that people eat at Zippy's every day??
on September 18,2012 | 09:42AM
soundofreason wrote:
I would lke to be the first to thank our fellow asians for their contribution to this statistic.
on September 18,2012 | 07:22AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
You must mean our new asian immigrants. = )
on September 18,2012 | 07:45AM
loquaciousone wrote:
That's bad news for the other 48 states because I see a lot of double zip codes in Hawaii especially on the west side.
on September 18,2012 | 07:27AM
KSC808 wrote:
Yes, the obesity on the mainland are really appalling.
on September 18,2012 | 07:46AM
allie wrote:
although we Mandans are hunters and stay slim!
on September 18,2012 | 11:58AM
honopic wrote:
What do you hunt here -- pepperoni? Or a clue?
on September 18,2012 | 12:16PM
aomohoa wrote:
Yeah, you've done a lot of hunting Allie? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! You don't serve a free education here. You are an arrogant obnoxious person. A Hawaiian youth should have got it over you.
on September 18,2012 | 02:26PM
who_dis_guy wrote:
I find this hard to believe. Hawaii has some pretty fat people. Especially with the popularity of plate lunches that consist primarily of meat and starch. If this is true, the rest of America must be really bad..
on September 18,2012 | 08:17AM
BigOpu wrote:
LOL! With a sign on name like mine, I no feel too bad. I read this right after I had my morning spam musubi.
on September 18,2012 | 08:31AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Obesity is part of our "ainokea" attitude. Knowing you will have health problems in the future or are already having health problems that will shorten your life and not doing anything about it is pathetic. Obesity will also add to our healthcare woes but you don't care. Sad.
on September 18,2012 | 08:39AM
allie wrote:
on September 18,2012 | 11:59AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
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on September 18,2012 | 01:15PM
aomohoa wrote:
You should watch a movie called Happy Nanabull. The people of Japan are some of the most unhappy people in the world. They show them shoving onto the rail looking miserable.
on September 18,2012 | 02:36PM
BigOpu wrote:
Publics: I bet you get big time stress. Maybe your " I care way too much about other people's stuff" gets you high blood pressure. You don't even know how big my Opu is. So Publicbraddah never ate comfort food in his life, and thinks one sentance comments is equal to healthcare woes. I bet I can dust you in a 100 yd dash! Laughing and humor does lot more for your health then you realize...and I getting healthy just reading your comment.
on September 19,2012 | 08:57AM
likewise wrote:
I had a pear for breakfast and now I feel cranky and empty. And now thanks to you I'm craving a musubi! =o(
on September 18,2012 | 09:14AM
aomohoa wrote:
This must have been one flawed study! Look around. Half the people here are fat, including me. LOL! This study as is flawed as we have the worst traffic in the nation. People believe whatever they read. Look around. Neither is true. Let me retract that a little. Asian people are usually not as fat and others here. When I went to China I was morbidly obese compared to other people. I'm not talking poor starving people either. I'm am 30lbs overweight, not morbidly obese., just to set the record straight:)
on September 18,2012 | 09:09AM
aomohoa wrote:
What a joke. We are as fat here as any other state. They better start making the airline seats bigger. I am tired of someone hanging half way into my seat. They should have to pay for half of my seat!
on September 18,2012 | 09:14AM
KelleeMalia wrote:
Could it possibly be due to our youth having an unlimited supply of year-round out-door playground of things to do?
on September 18,2012 | 09:14AM
alohabrina wrote:
This is a ridiculous statement I ever heard! Was federal money used to do this study? What part of what island was used for this study? Anybody who believes this needs an evaluation of their mental state.
on September 18,2012 | 09:18AM
J_C_M wrote:
Hard to beleive. I wonder where they get their numbers from. People running up and down Diamond Head.
on September 18,2012 | 09:51AM
Meleana22 wrote:
Something is not right with this "study" because Hawaii does indeed have a great deal of very overweight people. Asians have probably prevented this study from being accurate as many asians tend to be of a normal weight. It would be interesting to see how they conducted this study and who they studied.
on September 18,2012 | 09:51AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
I wonder what Island this survey was taken on...what? Rabbit Island??? go to all the buffets in town you see um all hanging out over there standing in line carrying a big big bag.....common get real !
on September 18,2012 | 10:06AM
akuman808 wrote:
There they go again, treating our friends on the Westside as not part of our ohana by not going to the Waiane coast where plus size is a standard proudly passed on from generatin to generation. They enjoy their food and life, everyday. Next time, take the time to drive there and chat with our friends on the westside and view the most beautiful beaches in the state. Oh BTW, no shame stop at any of the monster tents where a party is definitely happening and make a plate. Aloha.
on September 18,2012 | 10:28AM
aomohoa wrote:
Hey, quit telling people about of wonderful Westside beaches akuman808. Let's keep them to our selves:) The people are nice and they are large. They do love their food and they will offer you some if you talk to them. BUT, being this over weight is not healthy. We all know that. They will not live a long and quality life. They will have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart trouble, etc. They do have the Aloha spirit. I'm not going to mention my favorite beaches:)
on September 18,2012 | 02:43PM
akuman808 wrote:
Dr. Shintaki has been trying to encourage returning to the Hawaiian diet of the past, more healthy eating. However, healthy means expensive and there lies in the difficulty, affordabllity. But if the State could work with supermarkets to only alllow healthy foods to be purchased via the food stamp program that would be an important first step. All items have upc numbers that identifies the item. The computer system could be programed to tie these items to the EBT card transaction. It's already being done with non food items. Just saying!
on September 18,2012 | 03:21PM
aomohoa wrote:
Processed food is expensive. It takes time to cook healthy food and people don't want to be bothered.
on September 18,2012 | 03:45PM
AirRescueFF wrote:
AirRescueFF wrote:
Sorry. Forgot to include... First link to the breakdown of the report.

Second link to the direct PDF of the report itself.

on September 18,2012 | 11:21AM
jankenpo wrote:
Are you kidding!!!! Like others have noted......I hate to see the rest.
on September 18,2012 | 11:43AM
Gene_Park wrote:
I believe this report is fairly accurate. Walk around many of the cities and neighborhoods in the mainland, and you'll see very obese people everywhere. By contrast, when some of my friends from the mainland move or visit Hawaii, they are struck that so many people in Hawaii seem fit by comparison. Sure there are a lot of overweight folks in Hawaii as well, but it's not nearly as bad as the mainland.
on September 18,2012 | 11:57AM
honopic wrote:
There's no reason to celebrate being #2! Even if the numbers are off a point or two, it still means that 1 in 5 adults in Hawai'i are obese. Not just overweight. Not just fat. OBESE. An example is a person 5'9" tall who weighs over 200 pounds with a Body Mass Index (weight to height ratio) of 30 or higher. Obesity is second only to smoking in causing preventable health problems and deaths. The current estimate of obesity-related deaths per year in the U.S. is 400,000. And adult obesity often leads to childhood obesity -- fat people feeding their children the same junk that made them fat. Yes, we have fewer obese people in terms of percentage than the worst states: Mississippi's adult obesity rate is nearly 35% and Louisiana isn't far behind at 33.4%. But it's not a statistic to be proud of.
on September 18,2012 | 12:46PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on September 18,2012 | 01:49PM
aomohoa wrote:
I am also shocked that Colorado is at 21% Obesity. They have always been a state of athletes. We need to have PE back in schools. We need to get kids away from video games and back out side. Keep fruit in the house, not candy.
on September 18,2012 | 02:47PM
all_fed_up wrote:
Did these health groups look out the window when they came to this conclusion?
on September 18,2012 | 12:49PM
ejkorvette wrote:
on September 18,2012 | 03:53PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Hmmm.....with all the mixed plates, I would think we would have been ranked as one of the fattest states....
on September 18,2012 | 04:30PM
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