Colorado Still Leanest; Obesity Rates Climb In Most States

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Colorado is continuing its reign as the leanest state in the nation, with an obesity rate projected at 17.6 percent.

But overall, obesity rates climbed in 31 states last year, and no state showed a decline.

Mississippi became the first state to crack the 30 percent barrier for adult residents considered to be obese, with West Virginia and Alabama just slightly behind.

The figures come from the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention.

This year's report looked for the first time at obesity rates among children ages 10 to 17. The District of Columbia had the highest percentage at 22.8 percent. Utah had the lowest percentage at 8.5 percent.

The five poorest states were all in the top 10 when it came to obesity.


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  • by World Traveler Location: All Over on Aug 28, 2007 at 03:09 PM
    I think Dan meant Co Springs. Just look how people drive. Either they love their jobs because they're in a hurry to get to work or speed limits are optional. Let's not get started on the use of merge and right turn lanes used as passing lanes, the no turn signal lane change, tailgating, and flipping people off for obeying the speed limits. Then let's talk about the people here who would sooner look at their feet or the other way than extend a greeting while walking down the street or the same hallway at work.
  • by The Dude Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 27, 2007 at 04:54 PM
    I've been alot of places far ruder than Colorado. Try driving in the NorthEast, or simply walking down the sidewalk in a major city in Europe. You'll see a whole new world of rude. I'm curious how you find this sparely populated state as rude.
  • by Dan Location: Fairbanks on Aug 27, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    It's also the rudest.
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