WASHINGTON (AP) — In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now, all but one does. (July 7, 2011)
While visiting my son's family in Massachusetts over the weekend, I read an AP article in the local paper about obesity, particularly in the state of MA. From the article:
An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state that has the lowest obesity rate now — Colorado, with 19.8 percent of adults considered obese — would have had the highest rate in 1995.
That bears repeating. Colorado, the "thinnest" state now at 19.8% obese, would have been the fattest of all states in 1995. The report notes that there are now 12 states with over 30% obesity; just five years ago, there was only one -- my original home state of Mississippi.
But now I live in New England, home of two of the nation's thinnest three states -- Connecticut and Massachusetts. But we're not doing any bragging -- nor are ANY states for that matter. Continue reading this article...
—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com