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Rising Obesity Rate in Delaware Causes Heart Disease and Diabetes Concerns

A Delaware News Journal article published today, Report: More than 270,000 Delawareans could have heart disease by 2030, includes findings from the recently released Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's annual State of Obesity report which found that Delaware once again ranks 23rd in the country for its obesity rate. While the state's nationwide ranking has remained the same, the report shows that the state's obesity rate continues to rise.

The percentage of Delawareans who are obese climbed from 30.7 percent in 2016 to 31.8 percent in 2017. Below are some of the report's other findings.

Delaware is One of Worst for Childhood Obesity
The First State is ranked as one of the worst states for obesity rates among young children. The report analyzed data among 2 to 4 year old children enrolled in the federal government's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. 

The obesity rate among these Delaware children was 17.2 percent, which was the third highest in the country. Of 43 states, Delaware has the 15th highest obesity rate among high school students with a rate of 15.1 percent. 

Heart Disease and Diabetes is on the Rise in the First State 
The report also predicated the number of cases of heart disease and diabetes in 2030 — and the projections are alarming. At the current pace of obesity in Delaware, there will be 271,560 cases of heart disease by 2030, according to the report. In 2010, there were 57,340 cases.

For diabetes, there will be 121,193 cases in 2030, increasing from 79,275 cases. Obesity-related cancer will have more than doubled from 2010 to 2030, going from 14,714 to 38,254 cases.

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