Obesity rates continue dropping in MN

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is slimming down, and that's a good thing.

The Department of Health announced Thursday that the state’s adult obesity dropped significantly between 2014 and 2015, from 27.6 percent in 2014 to 26.1 percent in 2015. Those numbers are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Minnesota was the only state in the region, which includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa, to succeed in keeping its obesity rates firmly below 30 percent. CDC data puts neighboring state rates from 30.7 to 32.1 percent.

“Minnesota’s obesity rate is markedly lower than our surrounding states and we were still able to achieve a greater decrease in 2015 than our neighboring states,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “Achieving healthy weight for all Minnesotans is one of the key objectives for our Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and its community and private sector partners. By working together we’ve been able to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity for all Minnesotans in every corner of the state.”

The CDC data is gathered using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). All states had more than one in five adults (20 percent) with obesity.

Stakes are high when it comes to obesity: Being overweight can have a major impact on health care costs for related chronic diseases like diabetes.


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