As Americans grow fatter, Oregon stays at 39th on obesity list
Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 2:31 AM Updated: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 5:55 PMOregon maintained its weight while much of American grew fatter in 2009, a new report says.
Oregon looked healthier than many states: 39th on the obesity list, 37th for blood pressure and 35th for diabetes (which affects 7.4 percent of Oregon adults, according to the report). Oregon's obesity rate hadn't increased significantly from the previous report, while 28 other states' rates rose significantly and only Washington, D.C.'s, fell
That doesn't mean we can rest on our well-fed haunches. A quarter of Oregon adults are obese, measured by having a body mass index of 30 or more. Add in overweight people -- with BMIs of 25 to 30 -- and you encompass 61.4 percent of Oregon adults. The percentages are three-year averages measured over 2006-2009 and cited in