Minnesota’s Obesity Rate Rises

The state’s adult obesity rate of 27.8 percent was enough to bump it up to 34th nationally.

The adult obesity rate in Minnesota reached a 26-year high last year, according to a report released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Yet, the state’s rate placed Minnesota 34th on the groups’ ranking of adult obesity rates in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The report, the State of Obesity, said 27.8 percent of Minnesota residents age 20 or older were obese in 2016. Persons considered obese have a body mass index of 30 or higher. That percentage is up from 26.1 percent in 2015 and continues a steady upward climb since 1990, when just 10.3 percent of Minnesotans were obese.

[Click here for the report’s online profile of Minnesota.]

The state with the highest adult obesity rate last year was West Virginia at 37.7 percent. The state with the lowest rate was Colorado at 22.3 percent. The state’s bordering Minnesota all had adult obesity rates that were higher than the North Star State in 34th place:

  • Michigan—10th nationally at 32.5 percent
  • Iowa—13th nationally at 32.0 percent
  • North Dakota—15th nationally at 31.9 percent
  • Wisconsin—23rd nationally at 30.7 percent
  • South Dakota—28th nationally at 29.6 percent

In Minnesota, the adult obesity rate was highest for residents age 45 to 64 at 32.7 percent. Among racial and ethnic groups, Latinos were the highest at 33.1 percent compared with 30.4 percent for Blacks and 27.3 percent for Whites.

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