Monday, October 15, 2012

Graph of the Week: Idaho's Growing Obesity Problem

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Across the country, waistlines continue to grow, with millions of Americans struggling to stay healthy.

As of 2011, a high of 34.9 percent of people were obese in the state of Mississippi to a low of 20.7 percent in Colorado, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC defines obese and overweight labels by body mass index, a measure of height and weight that correlates with the person's amount of body fat. A BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight, 18.5 to 24.9 is healthy weight, 25.0 to 29.9 is overweight and 30 or higher is considered obese.

For a 5-foot, 9-inch person, a weight of 203 pounds or more would be considered obese.

In Idaho, the rate is roughly 27 percent. That puts the Gem State at 30th in the nation for adult obesity rates. But as the graph below shows, it's not just adults facing health concerns. Both adult and childhood obesity rate are on the rise.

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