Report: Nevadans are getting fatter

July 6, 2009
by Torey Van Oot
Las Vegas Sun

Planning to binge on barbecue and beer for the Fourth of July? Check the scale before you scarf down those hot dogs. Nevadans have packed on some pounds in the past year, according to a new report on obesity.

With a quarter of Nevadans excessively overweight, the state was ranked the 32nd most-obese state in America in rankings released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In last year's ranking the state had the 35th-highest rate of obesity, with 23.6 percent of adults tipping the scales as excessively overweight.

The report, released this week, also found that Nevada has the 11th-highest rate of overweight youth. Thirty-four percent of Nevada children ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese.

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