Minnesota Health Officials Say Increased Obesity Rate a 1-Year Blip
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota health officials say the small increase in the state's obesity rate is disappointing, given the investments in walking paths, farmers markets and other strategies to promote healthy living.
New government data shows that in 45 states, the rate of adult obesity stayed about the same last year. There were small increases in Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Kansas.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says the state obesity rate has plateaued since 2008 and the latest increase is likely a one-year blip. Minnesota's rate is 15th lowest in the U.S.
The 2014 survey by the advocacy group, Trust for America's Health, found that in 22 states, 30 percent or more of the population was obese. They were mostly in the South and Midwest.