Obesity in America: Rates remain steady but high

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Connecticut has the ninth lowest adult obesity rate in the nation at 26.3 percent.

Across the country, obesity rates remained steady though high in 2014, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah saw an increase.

The data is based on self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index, or a person’s weight divided by his or her square height, of more than 30.

In Connecticut, obesity rates are 36 percent higher among blacks than whites. Nationally, it’s 38 percent.

Among Latinos, obesity rates are 24 percent higher than among whites in Connecticut. Across the country, it’s 26 percent.

No state had less than 20 percent obesity in adults. The Midwest had the most states with the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.7 percent), followed by the South (30.6 percent), the Northwest (27.3 percent), and then the West (25.6 percent).

Self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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