Massachusetts Is America’s Sixth-Least Obese State

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Massachusetts takes a top spot in many of the various rankings that hit the Internet. But on Thursday, we placed near the bottom of a new ranking, and we couldn’t be happier.

The new State of Obesity report dropped September 1, and Massachusetts finished in 46th. That makes us the sixth-least obese state in the nation, behind, in order, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Montana, and California. Not too shabby.

The news isn’t all good, though. We slid from fourth-least obese last year to sixth-least obese in the new report, and our overall adult obesity rate rose from 23 percent to 24.3 percent. It’s not a good sign when one of the thinnest states in the country counts almost a quarter of its adults as overweight.

Still, the statistics were far worse elsewhere. Four states—Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia, and Mississippi—now have obesity percentages above 35, led by Louisiana with 36.2 percent. On the bright side, Minnesota, Montana, New York, and Ohio saw levels decrease.

Other Massachusetts obesity data includes:

You can see the full report, courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health, here.

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/2016/09/02/massachusetts-obesity-data/