Report: Number of obese Hoosiers rises in last decade

The United Health Foundation found almost 1.5 million adults in Indiana are obese

Indianapolis, Ind.

According to new research, the obesity epidemic in Indiana is getting worse.

The United Health Foundation (UHF) found almost 1.5 million adults in Indiana are now obese. That's 490,000 more individuals than 10 years ago. Indiana ranks 37 in obesity compared to other states.

"It really doesn't surprise me," said Katie Delgado, a dietician for Hendricks Regional Health in Hendricks County. She blames the problem on poor eating habits and lack of exercise.

Delgado works at the HRH YMCA in Avon and helps clients learn how to adapt a healthy lifestyle through the LIFESTEPS program.

She said one of the biggest struggles people she helps face is portion control. She said people can eat what they want as long as they do so in moderation and couple it with exercise.

"It's always calories in versus calories out," said Delgado.

She added that the first steps in breaking bad eating habits is to keep a food journal and planning out your meals.

"Sit down for one night with your family and plan it out. Start with seven suppers."

Along with obesity, the UHF discovered diabetes is also on the rise. In the past five years, diabetes increased from 8.3% to 9.8% adding up to 478,000 Indiana adults.

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