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Eye On Boise

Idaho’s obesity rate rising

The number of Idaho adults who are overweight or obese is rising, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare reports, though Idaho’s obesity rate still remains close to the national average. The latest Idaho Behavioral Risk Factors report, which has 2013 data and came out last week, showed 29.6 percent of Idaho adults reported being obese, up from 26.8 percent in 2012. Nationally, the 2013 figure was 29.4 percent. Also, 64.9 percent of Idahoans said they were overweight, up from 62.5 percent a year earlier.

The state’s highest rates of obesity were in public health districts 3 and 7; District 3 takes in Adams, Washington, Payette, Gem, Canyon and Owyhee counties and had a 34 percent obesity rate; and District 7, with Lemhi, Custer, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Teton and Bonneville counties, was at 33.8 percent. There’s more info here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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