CDC Report Says Iowa Among States Losing Obesity Battle

By Cindy Hadish, Reporter

DES MOINES, Iowa - 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 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 the coming weeks.
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