DENVER – A report published Thursday shows Colorado is still the leanest state in the country.
The report from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, titled The State of Obesity, found Colorado’s adult obesity rate remained at 20.2 percent in 2015 – unchanged from the year before.
Colorado also had the nation’s lowest rate of diabetes, at 6.8 percent.
Louisiana had the highest obesity rate at 36.2 percent. Just behind Colorado on the list were Washington D.C. (22.1 percent), Hawaii (22.7 percent) and Montana (23.6 percent).
Montana was among four states where obesity rates decreased from 2014 to 2015, and increased rates were seen in Kansas and Kentucky.
Half of U.S. states saw rates of 30 percent or higher and all had rates above 20 percent. In 1991, there were no states with obesity rates higher than 20 percent, according to the report.
It says the rate of increase has stagnated over the past several years; 49 states saw increases in rates in 2005, compared to two states this past year.