Iowa among states losing obesity battle, new CDC report says

State now ranked 18th fattest in nation

Cindy Hadish
Published: August 13 2012 | 6:45 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 10:59 pm in

Iowa and other states are losing ground in the battle of the bulge.

Data released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that Iowa has moved up to the 18th fattest state, with an obesity rate of 29 percent.

That compares to Iowa’s 20th place ranking last year and 28.1 percent obesity rate.

Obesity is defined as body mass index — calculated by weight and height — of 30 or higher.

Overall, 12 states have an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to analysis released Monday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The groups noted that Mississippi retains its No. 1 ranking with the highest obesity rate at 34.9 percent, while Colorado again came in lowest with a rate of 20.7 percent.

While 26 of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South, even Colorado’s rate increased from last year’s 19.8 percent. At the upper end, Mississippi’s rate also increased slightly from last year’s 34.4 percent.

The two groups will release the annual “F as in Fat” report in coming weeks.

FYI: STATE-BY-STATE ADULT OBESITY RATES

According to the newly released CDC data, part of the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, the obesity rates by state from highest to lowest were:

1. Mississippi (34.9%); 2. Louisiana (33.4%); 3. West Virginia (32.4%); 4. Alabama (32.0%); 5. Michigan (31.3%); 6. Oklahoma (31.1%); 7. Arkansas (30.9%); 8. (tie) Indiana (30.8%); and South Carolina (30.8%); 10. (tie) Kentucky (30.4%); and Texas (30.4%); 12. Missouri (30.3%); 13. (tie) Kansas (29.6%); and Ohio (29.6%); 15. (tie) Tennessee (29.2%); and Virginia (29.2%); 17. North Carolina (29.1%); 18. Iowa (29.0%); 19. Delaware (28.8%); 20. Pennsylvania (28.6%); 21. Nebraska (28.4%); 22. Maryland (28.3%); 23. South Dakota (28.1%); 24. Georgia (28.0%); 25. (tie) Maine (27.8%); and North Dakota (27.8%); 27. Wisconsin (27.7%); 28. Alaska (27.4%): 29. Illinois (27.1%); 30. Idaho (27.0%); 31. Oregon (26.7%); 32. Florida (26.6%); 33. Washington (26.5%); 34. New Mexico (26.3%); 35. New Hampshire (26.2%); 36. Minnesota (25.7%); 37. (tie) Rhode Island (25.4%); and Vermont (25.4%); 39. Wyoming (25.0%); 40. Arizona (24.7%); 41. Montana (24.6%); 42. (tie) Connecticut (24.5%); Nevada (24.5%); and New York (24.5%); 45. Utah (24.4%); 46. California (23.8%); 47. (tie) District of Columbia (23.7%); and New Jersey (23.7%); 49. Massachusetts (22.7%); 50. Hawaii (21.8%); 51. Colorado (20.7%).

Note: 1 = Highest rate of adult obesity, 51 = lowest rate of adult obesity.  Individuals with a body mass index (a calculation based on weight and height ratios) of 30 or higher are considered obese.

Source: Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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