Minnesota Obesity Rate Saw Rise in 2016

Minnesota Obesity Rate Saw Rise in 2016 Photo: AP photo

August 31, 2017 08:26 PM

Data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows Minnesota saw a rise in obesity in 2016, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

The obesity rate rose from 26.1 percent in 2015 to 27.8 percent in 2016, according to the data.

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While Minnesota saw a rise, it remained under the median U.S. obesity rate, which is 29.8 percent.

MDH says Minnesota has hovered around 25 percent since 2007, saying that physical activity and diet have had a significant influence on the state's obesity rate.

MDH aslo said economic well being has an impact on obesity in the state. According to researchers, Minnesotans who do not worry about having enough money for food or housing only have an obesity rate of 25 percent, while those who are concerned about money for food or housing have an obesity rate of 33 percent.

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