Report: Arizona among worst in the nation for childhood obesity

September 13, 2013
by Chad Garland
Cronkite News Service

Arizona had the seventh-highest rate of obesity in 2011 for children ages 10 to 17, says a new report unveiled Thursday in a Capitol Hill briefing.

The report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said 19.8 percent of Arizona youth were obese, compared to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi and a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon.

Arizona was the only Western state to rank in the 10 worst – the rest were in the South or the Midwest, according to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.”

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