Idaho ranks 32nd for adult obesity, but child obesity is lower, says report

newsroom@idahostatesman.comAugust 16, 2013 

A new health report puts Idaho in the bottom half of states, when it comes to adult obesity. But for 10- to 17-year-old Idahoans, the Gem State had one of the lowest rates of obesity in the nation.

About 26.8 percent of Idaho's adults were obese in 2012, according to a report by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That earned Idaho a 32nd-place ranking — with 1st place (Louisiana) being the most obese and 51st (Colorado) being the least.

Improved low-income preschool-age obesity

About 11.5 percent of low-income children age 2 to 4 were obese, based on the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report deemed that a significant decrease — or improvement — from previous years.

Preteen and teen obesity among the best

Idaho's 10 to 17 year olds had a 10.6 obesity rate, the third best score in the U.S. High school students in Idaho had a 9.2 percent obesity rate in Idaho based on the latest data, from 2011.

Adults fall in the middle, with obesity peaking in late middle-age

With an adult diabetes rate of 8.5 percent, the Gem State ranked 39th in the U.S. The 29.4 percent rate of high blood pressure among adults placed Idaho at 37th.

Male adults were slightly more rotund in Idaho, with a 26.9 percent obesity rate compared with 26.2 percent among Idaho women.

Young adults between 18 and 25 years old had the lowest obesity rate, at 13.3 percent. The 45-to-64 age range was highest, 32.1 percent. Seniors 65 and older had a 26.9 percent obesity rate, just two-tenths of a point higher than the obesity rate of 26-to-44 year olds.

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