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Alaska slims down in new obesity study

July 6, 2009
by Michael Koshmrl
Daily News-Miner

FAIRBANKS — Fewer Alaskans are obese than one year ago, according to “F as in Fat 2009,” a new report released by the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health-advocacy organization. Only two other states, Louisiana and Indiana, trimmed down at all. Notably, the decreases in all three states are labeled as statistically insignificant.

The tiny in-state improvement is one of report’s few bright spots.

Using data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the report states 27.2 percent of Alaska residents are clinically obese. The 0.1 percent decrease in obesity from 2008 makes Alaska the 18th most obese state in the U.S., an improvement from 14th last year. Among in-state children, 33.9 percent weighed in as either overweight or obese, which was the 12th highest rate in the U.S.

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