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Report: Connecticut Among Least Obese States

A new study shows Connecticut has an obesity rate of 24.5 percent, which is one of the lowest in the country.

 

An analysis of obesity levels throughout the country shows that Connecticut is in good shape – at least compared to the rest of the country.  The state ranks 42nd in the nation with its 24.5 percent obesity rate.

Colorado has the lowest obesity levels at 20.7 percent, while Mississippi has the highest at 34.9 percent.

The analysis by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation used information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank the states. Out of the 30 most obese states, 26 were in the South or Midwest.

 “Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced,” said Jeffrey Levi, Ph. D., executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, in a statement.

According to the CDC, a person with a body mass index of 30 or more is considered obese.

In somewhat related health news in the bottom quarter of states for home health care quality earlier this year.

Glen K Dunbar August 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Then why am I gaining weight all the time now. Being old (51) STINKS.
Four Jacks August 14, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Because you're always on the internet commenting on EVERY item, even the weekly calendar of events. If you're so miserable, go out and volunteer some of your time and learn how fortunate you really are.
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I agree with Four Jacks. It would be nice to see you out and about in the community! Too much time on the computer can really make you feel sluggish, I know.
Tania Prochilo August 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM
While I'm happy to hear that CT's obesity rates are amongst the lowest in the country almost 25% is nothing to brag about. If you include the numbers on those who fall into the over-weight category (BMI of 25 - 29.9%), nearly half the state is at an unhealthy weight. We all need to move more and eat less!
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