Illinois ranks in the middle of states when it comes to its obesity rate. The report released by the group Trust for America’s Health ranks Illinois’ adult obesity rate as the 25th highest in the nation at 29.4 percent. That’s more stable than the rate was a decade ago, but Illinois Public Health Institute chief executive Elissa Bassler doesn’t consider it good news.
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“This report this year shows that it leveled off, it didn’t go up over last year, but there’s still so much work to be done,” Bassler said. “If you think about not just over a one-year period, but over the long term, in 1990 our obesity rate was 12 percent.” Bassler says one of the trouble spots for the state is adolescent obesity. 19.3 percent of kids between the ages of 10 and 17 in Illinois are obese, which is the ninth highest adolescent obesity rate in the nation. The problem is not limited to Illinois, as the adult obesity rate didn’t decrease in any state between 2012 and 2013.