WASHINGTON (WNEW) — Just 25 years ago the obesity rate in Maryland and Virginia was around 10 percent, and in D.C. about 15 percent.

Today the obesity rate in D.C. is in the low 20 percent, but in Maryland and Virginia it’s nearly 30 percent.

The single biggest problem is energy balance, according to Jeff Levi, the Executive Director of Trust for America’s Health.

“80 percent of Americans don’t get the recommended level of physical activity,” Levi says. “That’s a staggering number.”

Those soaring numbers don’t take into account those who are simply overweight and not obese.

“It’s also a problem associated with poverty,” Levi says.

Rates in the south and even among some subsets in D.C. are extremely high, even if the overall rate in the city is low.

“We’re seeing a stabilization of those adult obesity rates,” Levi says.

To see how your state ranks on the “State of Obestity Map”, click here.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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