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NH has 11th lowest obesity rate in U.S.

Sep 09, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

According to a new report, New Hampshire has the 11th lowest obesity rate in the United States. 

The report was prepared by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

West Virginia has the highest obesity rate, while Colorado has the lowest.  Massachusetts has the 3rd lowest obesity rate in the U.S., Connecticut has the 10th lowest, Rhode Island tied New Hampshire in 11th place, Vermont came in 13th, and Maine scored 26th.

New Hampshire’s relatively low obesity rate is due in part to a healthy diet; Granite Staters are more likely than other U.S. residents to eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, according to the report.  New Hampshire residents are also more physically active than residents in many other states.

However, New Hampshire’s obesity rate is still roughly double what it was twenty years ago.  According to the report, 26.6% of New Hampshire adults are obese.  A high obesity rate contributes to higher health care costs, since obese residents are more likely to have diabetes, hypertension, and other health issues.

Lawmakers have suggested many policies over the years to reduce obesity.  Some ideas include a tax on sugary drinks, limiting what foods can be marketed in schools, requiring recess, and limiting food stamp purchases to healthy options.

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