Michigan among top five fattest states in the country
A new analysis of adult obesity rates has revealed Michigan is the fifth fattest state in the country, with a rate of 31.3 percent.
At the top of the list is Mississippi, with a rate of 34.9 percent, followed by Louisiana, West Virginia and Alabama.
The state with the least obese adults is Colorado, with a rate of 20.7 percent.
The same group released a similar adult obesity ranking last summer, when Michigan was 10th in the nation with a rate of 30.5 percent. Changing CDC methodology makes it difficult to compare one year's ranking to another, according to the report.
A person is considered to be obese by doctors when their body mass index is greater than 30.
Michigan officials have taken notice. Gov. Rick Snyder outlined a number of new health initiatives in the past year, including a sign program at grocery stores to encourage people to make healthier choices.
Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at (734) 623-2552, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter.