Colorado Hangs in (Barely) as the Only State With Obesity Rate Lower Than 20%

July 7, 2011
by Katherine Hobson
Wall Street Journal

While the notion that too many people in the U.S. are fat is by now a truism, it’s hard to comprehend the magnitude of the problem — or how quickly obesity has crept up on Americans.

To get that perspective, have a gander at the annual “F as in Fat” report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It shows that adult obesity rates climbed in 16 states last year and didn’t fall in any state.

A dozen states have obesity rates of 30% or greater. And only one state has an obesity rate of less than 20% — Colorado, hanging on by a very slender thread at 19.8%. Last year we wondered if the thin air didn’t play some role in the state’s outlier status.


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