SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Utah is considered one of the slimmest states in the country due to people being dedicated to working out, but in less than two decades the government is predicting the state's obesity rates to reach an all time high.
Fatty foods may be tempting, but it has the country on a fast track to an obesity epidemic.
According to research by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. government predicts a 44 percent rate of adult obesity in every state, with 13 states reaching a staggering 60 percent by the year 2030.
Utah is expected to reach a 33 percent obesity rate, a rise of 10% from the current statistic.
Quaid Morris, a personal trainer with Gold’s Gym in Sandy, said he is shocked by the predictions.
“I look at that and feel we have a long do-to list for the people here,” Morris said. “For people that are overweight, time management, consistency and dedication are the best ways for them to slim down.”
Victoria Thacher said she chose to eat right and exercise.
“I lost a ton of weight and it’s all by exercising and eating fruits and vegetables,” she said.
Americans are urged to change their eating habits and make healthy lifestyle choices. If not, the obesity predictions could be followed by immeasurable economic and health-related concerns.