As We See It

July 6, 2009
Yankton Press & Dakotan

THUMBS DOWN to the new report concluding that more than a fourth of South Dakota adults are obese. The state’s obesity rate stands at 26.9 percent — up 0.9 percent from the previous report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Misery loves company, and South Dakota has tied neighboring Nebraska for 20th nationally in the percentage of overweight adults. At the high end of the spectrum, Mississippi has the nation’s highest obesity rate at nearly one-third, or 33 percent. Colorado has got the skinny — or at least the lowest obesity rate — at 18.9 percent. But that’s still nearly one out every five adults. And the trend is worsening, with obesity rates among adults rising in 23 states over the past year.

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