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Eye On Boise

Mon., Aug. 29, 2005, 8:47 a.m.

Must be the rain?

Every state but Oregon saw its residents get fatter last year, according to a report from the University of Baltimore Obesity Initiative, with obesity rates on the rise across the nation. To add insult to injury, the initiative gave Idaho an “F” for its state efforts to control obesity, while Washington got a “B.” Even slimming Oregon didn’t fare well in those grades, pulling only a “C.”

But the same research project actually found that Idahoans overall aren’t as overweight as the populations in many states. Idaho ranked 27th for its obesity rate – Colorado, at 50th, had the lowest incidence of obesity (um, maybe it’s the mountains? the altitude?). Washington surpassed Idaho with a ranking of 39th, but Oregon, despite its enviable progress last year, is back in the pack at 22nd.

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