Wed March 5, 2014

Hey Colorado, You’re Looking A Little Heavy

Colorado is now the second least obese state in the nation.
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Since 2010 Colorado has consistently topped lists as having the slimmest population in the country. Not anymore.

Colorado is no longer the least obese state in the country, according to a new Gallup poll.

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Montana has usurped the title, where 19.6 percent of the population is obese, compared to Colorado’s 20.4, putting the Centennial State in second place.

Mississippi has the highest level, at 35 percent.

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Colorado is still well below the national average of 27.1 percent, which has been steadily rising since the mid-2000s.

Obesity can exacerbate significant health problems. Those living in the 10 most obese states are more likely to report a diagnosis of chronic disease at some point in their lives, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.