Others Rise While Minnesota’s Obesity Rates Remain Steady
St. Paul, MN (KROC AM News) - A new report from the State Health Department shows Minnesota is bucking the national trend when it comes to obesity.While the national obesity rate and the rates in neighboring states have been on the rise, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Minnesota’s obesity rate in 2013 was about 25.5-percent and has been steady at that level since 2010.
Meanwhile, the national obesity rate has increased to about 29-percent. Among Minnesota’s neighbors, the report shows obesity rates have climbed to a range of 29 to 31-percent, with Iowa was having the highest rate.
The State Health Department estimates that by keeping obesity rates flat, the state saw savings of around $265 million in obesity-related medical expenses in 2013.