Data: CDC; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios
Colorado recorded the lowest number of adults with obesity in 2020 compared with all other states, according to new CDC data.
By the numbers: 24.2% of Colorado adults reported having obesity last year.
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Mississippi ranked highest nationally, at 39.7%.
Numerous studies have found connections between obesity and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
The big picture: Since 1995, Colorado has tallied the lowest or second-lowest obesity rate in the U.S.
Yes, but: The prevalence of obese people in Colorado climbs every year. In 1995, only about 11% of adults in the state reported experiencing the health condition.
Black and Hispanic Coloradans suffer from the highest obesity rates at about 31% compared with 21.8% of white adult residents.
Zoom in: When it comes to obesity rates among children in Denver, a first-of-its-kind analysis in 2016 found that neighborhoods with large populations of Hispanic residents are more likely to be home to children with higher body mass index scores.
Other neighborhood traits linked to obesity include low educational attainment and family income.
Of note: Nationwide, children and teens gained weight at a more "alarming" rate during the pandemic, especially those who were already overweight or obese, a CDC report out last Thursday shows.
Zoom out: The number of states with steep obesity rates has nearly doubled since 2018 — hitting all-time highs.
Other states with the highest prevalence of obesity include Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Alongside Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia scored relatively low obesity rates last year, with levels between 20% and 25%.
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