Minnesota Packs on the Pounds, Adult Obesity Rate Grows to 28%

(Mankato, MN) – Minnesota keeps packing on the pounds.

According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the adult obesity rate in Minnesota grew to 27.8% in 2016, up from 26.1% the year before.

Despite the larger number, Minnesota’s adult rate of obesity is still lower than the U.S. median and lower than the rates in the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

 

The lowest adult obesity rate in the U.S. is in Colorado at 22.3%, while West Virginia tops the scales with a rate of 37.7%.

People who are obese face an increased risk for a range of serious diseases and health conditions, including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and some cancers.

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