New Study Finds Colorado is the Least Obese State in America
Here's a reason to live in Colorado you've never thought about. Coloradans are less likely to be obese than residents of every other state in America.
According to Trust for America's Health State of Obesity 2018 report, Colorado's obesity rate is 22.6 percent, the lowest in the nation. Within Colorado, Eagle County was found to have the lowest obesity rate.
The study found no state saw improvement in obesity rates over the last year. So, while Colorado holds the top spot, residents in the state aren't making progress in their efforts to lose excess weight.
The most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found 39.6 percent of adults and 18.5 of children in the United States have obesity.
The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 14.8 percent of high school students had obesity based on self-reported data.
While Colorado has the lowest rate of obesity, the Trust for America's Health report found when compared to other states, Colorado has a higher than average rate of death from drug overdoses, alcohol, and suicide.
Top 5 states with the lowest percentage of residents who have obesity.
- Colorado (22.6%)
- District of Columbia (23.0%)
- Hawaii (23.8%)
- California (25.1%)
- Montana and Utah (tie 25.3%)
Top 5 states with the highest percentage of residents who have obesity.
- West Virginia (38.1%)
- Mississippi (37.3%)
- Oklahoma (36.5%)
- Iowa (36.4%)
- Alabama (36.3%)
Six states saw significant increases in obesity rates between 2016 and 2017. They are Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. There are 22 states whose adult obesity rates are between 30 and 35 percent and 19 states that are between 25 and 30 percent.