Obesity & Definition of The Problem: The adult obesity rate in Washington is 28.6 percent, the 32nd highest, according to the 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
In the past year, adult obesity rates increased in four states (Colorado, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia), decreased in one state (Kansas), and remained stable in the rest. This supports trends that have shown steadying levels in recent years.
Last year was the first time this annual report recorded any declines in adult obesity rates. Four states experienced declines, and, overtime, growth has started to slow.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), treatment of an overweight or obese person incorporates a two -step process: assessment and management. Assessment includes determination of the degree of obesity and overall health status.
Management involves weight loss and maintenance of body weight. It also includes measures to control other risk factors.
Obesity is a chronic disease. The patient / practitioner must understand that successful treatment requires a lifelong effort.