Monday, August 13, 2012
A new government study is ranking the states on obesity, and the numbers show nearly 30 percent of Kansas adults are obese.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that 29.6 percent of Kansans were classified as obese in 2011. That's up slightly from the 2010 rate of 29.4 percent.
In neighboring Missouri, the survey showed the rate of obese adults was 30.3 percent. To the west, Colorado had the nation's lowest rate at just below 21 percent.
Overall, more than a third of American adults are obese. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cellphones were included.