Iowa ranked 12th most obese state in 2022
Around 37.4% of Iowa adults were considered obese in 2022 — up from 36.4% the previous year, according to a report by non-partisan health advocacy group Trust for America's Health.
Why it matters: Iowa's obesity rates have trended upward for the last decade and underscore a host of complicated issues, such as eating and sleep patterns, lack of activity, genetics and environmental factors.
- Rural Iowans, as well as Black and Latino Iowans, experience higher rates of obesity, according to the report.
- These populations are also more likely to endure food insecurity, transportation barriers and lower access to medical and nutritional care.
State of play: Iowa is tied with Arkansas as the 12th most obese state in the country.
- All of Iowa's neighbors are ranked lower.
The intrigue: SNAP, the federal program that can help lower-income families afford more nutritional food, is one way that helps populations more prone to obesity.
Yes, but: The study points out that Iowa passed legislation this year tightening its rules on SNAP and requiring asset tests, potentially kicking off thousands of recipients.
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