Colorado rated least obese state

Denver Business Journal – by Mark Harden

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 11:52am MST

Once again, Colorado has been rated the least obese state in the nation.

A new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index report says 20 percent — one in five — of Coloradans are obese, followed by Hawaii (20.4 percent) and Utah (21.9 percent).

According to the report, West Virginia has the nation’s highest obesity rate, 33.5 percent, followed by Mississippi (33 percent) and Kentucky (32 percent).

The report is based on a running Gallup-Healthways conducted in 2010 of 352,840 people nationwide. Obesity rates are based on responses by survey participants who reported their own weight and height.

The average obesity rate nationwide was 26.6 percent in 2010, about the same as in 2009 but up from 25.5 in 2008.

Obesity states tend to be lower in western states and highest in the South and upper Midwest.

> Click here for the Gallup-Healthways report on obesity.

Colorado also rated the least obese state in a June 2010 report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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