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Kansas Obesity Rates Up 35 Percent
Kansas Ag Connection - 10/14/2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released obesity statistics for 49 states and two territories, citing Kansas among a dozen states at the top of the list.

That, however, is not where a state wants to be.

The annual report lists Kansas among 12 states that have topped 35% in the prevalence of obesity in its population. The report continues an upward trend in obesity in the state; Kansas was just below the 35% threshold one year ago.

"It wasn't that long ago (2013) that the first two states appeared on CDC's maps with a dark brown color, indicating they were above 35% obesity," said Sandy Procter, K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist. "And now, there are 12 states -- including Kansas -- that have that very unfortunate 'award.'"

The CDC gathers data on obesity through state-based, telephone interviews known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, or BRFSS.

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