Want to lose weight? Move to Colorado!

Want to lose weight? Move to Colorado!

Colorado is the slimmest state in the nation!  I attribute a lot of that to Colorado's great climate which makes it so easy to be activbe all year long!  It is hard to be a couch potato when the sun is shining and the mountains are calling! 

Check out this article from the Denver Post for the full story:

 

Colorado the slimmest state in annual obesity rankings

Nationally, more baby boomers are obese, meaning even higher Medicare costs for the aged.
By Lauran Neergaard
The Associated Press
Updated: 07/02/2009 06:27:18 AM MDT

WASHINGTON — Mississippi's still king of cellulite, but an ominous tide is rolling toward the Medicare doctors in neighboring Alabama: obese baby boomers.

It's time for the nation's annual obesity rankings and, outside of fairly lean Colorado, there's little good news. In 31 states, more than one in four adults are obese, says a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

And obesity rates among adults rose in 23 states over the past year, and no state experienced a significant decline.

It's a national crisis that "calls for a national strategy to combat obesity," said Robert Wood Johnson vice president Dr. James Marks. "The crest of the wave of obesity is still to crash."

While the nation has long been bracing for a surge in Medicare as the boomers start turning 65, the new report makes it clear that fat, not just age, will fuel much of those bills.

In every state, the rate of obesity is higher among 55- to 64-year-olds — the oldest boomers — than among today's 65-and-beyond.

Medicare spends anywhere from $1,400 to $6,000 more annually on health care for an obese senior than for the non-obese, said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust, a nonprofit public health group.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long said that nearly a third of Americans are obese. The Trust report uses somewhat more conservative CDC surveys for a closer state-by-state look. Among the findings:

• Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity, 32.5 percent, for the fifth year in a row.

• Three additional states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent: Alabama, 31.2 percent; West Virginia, 31.1 percent; and Tennessee, 30.2 percent.

• In 1991, no state had more than a 20 percent obesity rate. Today, the only state that doesn't is Colorado, at 18.9 percent.

• The South is the fattest region. The Northeast and West are slightly slimmer than the rest of the country.

• Mississippi had the highest rate of overweight and obese children, at 44.4 percent in total. It's followed by Arkansas, 37.5 percent; and Georgia, 37.3 percent.

• Following Alabama, Michigan ranks No. 2 with fat boomers; 36 percent of its 55- to 64-year-olds are obese. Colorado has the lowest rate, 21.8 percent.

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