Colorado’s obesity rates rank lowest nationwide
Colorado recorded the lowest number of adults with obesity in 2020 compared with all other states, according to new CDC data.
By the numbers: 24.2% of Colorado adults reported having obesity last year.
- Mississippi ranked highest nationally, at 39.7%.
- Numerous studies have found connections between obesity and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
The big picture: Since 1995, Colorado has tallied the lowest or second-lowest obesity rate in the U.S.
Yes, but: The prevalence of obese people in Colorado climbs every year. In 1995, only about 11% of adults in the state reported experiencing the health condition.
- Black and Hispanic Coloradans suffer from the highest obesity rates at about 31% compared with 21.8% of white adult residents.
Zoom in: When it comes to obesity rates among children in Denver, a first-of-its-kind analysis in 2016 found that neighborhoods with large populations of Hispanic residents are more likely to be home to children with higher body mass index scores.
- Other neighborhood traits linked to obesity include low educational attainment and family income.
- Of note: Nationwide, children and teens gained weight at a more "alarming" rate during the pandemic, especially those who were already overweight or obese, a CDC report out last Thursday shows.
Zoom out: The number of states with steep obesity rates has nearly doubled since 2018 — hitting all-time highs.
- Other states with the highest prevalence of obesity include Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
- Alongside Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia scored relatively low obesity rates last year, with levels between 20% and 25%.
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