Connecticut 3rd least obese state — what do you think?

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So, in case you missed it, the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the eighth annual F as in Fat report yesterday, ranking obesity rates in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The good news is that Connecticut, with an obesity rate of 21.8 percent, was the third least obese state, behind Colorado and D.C. Last year, it was the second least obese state, with a rate of 21.4 percent.
But there’s some bad news, too. First, adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and didn’t decline in any state. Also, the state’s obesity rate has increased significantly from 15 years ago, when the rate was 11.8 percent. Diabetes and hypertension have also gone up in the past 15 years in Connecticut.
Even more disconcerting is that the state’s relative skinniness might not translate to certain urban areas, like Bridgeport.
According to the Bridgeport Primary Care Action Group (PCAG), 37% of Bridgeport adults and 25% of children are obese.
I’m planning a story for tomorrow’s paper that will have a lot more details but, in the meantime, here’s a link to a release on F as in Fat, and information about Connecticut’s ranking: http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2011/release.php?stateid=CT

Amanda Cuda

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