Study: Del. Has Highest Obesity Increase in the Country - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Study: Del. Has Highest Obesity Increase in the Country

Posted: Updated:

DOVER, Del.- Obesity is on the rise in the First State. The percentage of obese adults in Delaware has increased by 12.2 percent from 2000 to 2011, according to a Bloomberg study.

This jump was the largest of all states during this time. During this time, Delaware fell from the fourth least obese state in the country to the 19th most obese on the list.

Nearby, Maryland was ranked in 18th place with a smaller increase of 8.1 percent. In 2000, they were less obese, in 25th place.

Delmar High School student, Travis Gilmore, has lost 50 pounds and said that being overweight had a major impact on his life.

"It was tough because you always look at yourself in the mirror and you're never happy," Gilmore said. "And then, you know that you aren't healthy."

Gilmore said that he lost the weight by cutting down on fast food and by spending more time at the gym. Ira Stavely, the Personal Trainer and manager of "Anytime Fitness," is the owner of that gym, and says that Delaware can reverse this trend. 

"Delaware can turn it around," Stavely said. "We just need to get it back in the gym and eating healthier, and not eating so much fast food. I know it's there and quick and easy."

Brian Tingle, of Delmar, said that he lost 65 pounds when he quit fast food and started exercising regularly.

"It's definitely a choice," Tingle said. "And you have to make it a habit. It's not easy."

To see the complete rankings of obesity levels nationwide, click here, for Bloomberg's Visual Data.

  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Cruisin' OC Weekend Raises Concerns

    Cruisin' OC Weekend Raises Concerns

    Although this weekend brought in a lot of business for the 25th Annual Cruisin' Ocean City, there were many people left in town that had mixed emotions about the event.More
    Although this weekend brought in a lot of business for the 25th Annual Cruisin' Ocean City, there were many people left in town that had mixed emotions about the event.More
  • Residents Worry About Uptick in Violence on One Particular Street

    Residents Worry About Uptick in Violence on One Particular Street

    In Dover, in recent weeks, shootings have mostly been concentrated on the south side of New Street with a person, a home, and a car being hit by gunfire.

    More

    In Dover, in recent weeks, shootings have mostly been concentrated on the south side of New Street with a person, a home, and a car being hit by gunfire.

    More
  • Locals React to Cruisin' Ocean City

    Locals React to Cruisin' Ocean City

    Thousands of cars rumbled into Ocean City for Cruisin' OC but not everyone was thrilled about it.

    For 27 years unique cars have traveled from hundreds of miles away to drive up and down the streets of Ocean City.

    While this event might be a big attraction for people who aren't from Delmarva, not everyone gets revved up for the weekend.Locals said that over the past few years the noise and the smell has gotten to be a little too much.

    More

    Thousands of cars rumbled into Ocean City for Cruisin' OC but not everyone was thrilled about it.

    For 27 years unique cars have traveled from hundreds of miles away to drive up and down the streets of Ocean City.

    While this event might be a big attraction for people who aren't from Delmarva, not everyone gets revved up for the weekend.Locals said that over the past few years the noise and the smell has gotten to be a little too much.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices