Colorado has lowest adult obesity rate in U.S.

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DENVER — Colorado has the lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.

Researchers found Colorado’s adult obesity rate is 20.2 percent. Colorado is followed by the District of Columbia, Hawaii and Montana in the list of lowest obesity rates.

Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent, followed by Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia.

Nine of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity are in the South, researchers said. But adult obesity rates exceed 30 percent in 25 states, according to the latest data.

And while Colorado’s adult obesity rate remains relatively low, it is on the rise. It went from 6.9 percent in 1990 to 14.5 percent in 2000 and it is now just more than 20 percent.

A bright spot in the study: U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states — Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio. That has only happened one other time in the past decade; the District of Columbia saw a decline in 2010.