Arizona Among Most Obese States in the Nation, Study Says

June 29, 2010
by Stephanie Innes
Arizona Daily Star


One in every three Hispanics in Arizona is obese, and with the state's changing demographics, that figure could get worse without intervention.

A new report released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health lists Arizona among the six most obese states in the country when it comes to its Hispanic population, and 15th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for its rate of childhood obesity.

Eighteen percent of Arizona children ages 10 through 17 of all ethnicities are obese, putting them at higher risk for chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


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