Not-so-fat Minnesota

While other states in the Upper Midwest keep getting fatter, Minnesota’s obesity has leveled off.

That’s the news the Minnesota Department of Health trumpeted today on the basis of 2013 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; Minnesota Department of Health
Source: CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; Minnesota Department of Health

 

The percentage of Minnesotans who are considered obese peaked at 26 in 2007, according to the data, began to drop in 2008 and has stayed pretty much level since 2010.

Meanwhile, obesity rates in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin have kept climbing, to almost 30 percent and beyond. Of the five states, only Minnesota is below the national median rate, the health department added.

Moreover, the number of Minnesotans whose weight is healthy increased by 60,000 between 2010 and 2013, according to the health department.

The flip side of the good news, of course, is that more than one in four Minnesotans still is obese. The numbers might give us reason for hope, but not for celebration.

Contact John Lundy at jlundy@duluthnews.com.

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