Idaho obesity rates on the decline, officials say

By Nicole Blanchard


In 2015, the percentage of obese Idahoans dropped ever so slightly, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Spokesman-Review first reported the data on Friday, which show a .3 percentage point drop of obese adults in Idaho from 28.9 percent in 2014 to 28.6 percent last year.

That improvement put Idaho among the 25 states that saw lowered obesity rates in 2015, ranking our state 19th-lowest in adult obesity.

However, Idaho still has a long way to go to return to 1990's adult obesity rate of 9.3 percent. The number peaked in 2013 at 29.6 percent, according to the CDC.

And for some Idaho populations, the improvement was absent. Idaho's Hispanic population self-reported an obesity rate of 36.3 percent, the nation's sixth highest. The CDC says data show a higher rate of food insecurity, poverty and obstacles to health care and physical activity in Latino households, all of which can contribute to obesity.

Overall, Colorado had the nation's lowest adult obesity rate at 20.2 percent, while Louisiana's was highest at 36.2 percent of adults considered obese.