Connecticut ranks 9th for least obese state
PORTLAND, Maine — A new report on obesity shows that Maine continues to be the heaviest state in New England.
The report by the Robert Wood Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health found that 30 percent of adults were obese last year in Maine, where the whoopie pie is the state treat and the blueberry pie is state dessert. That ranked 24th in the country.
In New England, New Hampshire was second at 26.3 percent, followed by Rhode Island at 26 percent, Connecticut at 25.3 percent, Vermont at 25.1 percent and Massachusetts at 24.3 percent.
Connecticut ranks 42nd on the list.
Four states–Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia and Mississippi–have an average obesity rate of over 35 percent. Colorado ranked last, with just 20.2 percent of its adult population obese.
The report based on state-by-state data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isn’t all bad. It found that obesity rates dropped in four states, and increased in two.