WASHINGTON — Obesity rates have risen in nearly every state but Oregon, according to an advocacy group that called on the government and the private sector to get more involved in the battle against expanding waistlines.
The advocacy group, Trust for America’s Health, said data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the percentage of obese adults for 2002-04 stood at 22.7 percent nationally. The percentage for the previous cycle, 2001-03, was 22 percent.
The state exhibiting the largest increase in obesity was Alabama, by 1.5 percentage points to 27.7 percent. Oregon’s rate held steady at 21 percent.
The report said the states with the highest percentage of obese adults are Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Tennessee.
The states with the lowest percentage of obese adults are Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, and Montana.
The good news – our home state, Mass, is among the leanest. The bad news – to celebrate, the Dowbrigade bought two pounds of bacon (hey, they were on sale, buy one and get one free). At least we get an excuse to drag out our all-time referral leading photo of the Fat Guys…..
from the Boston Globe