Wyoming obesity rates on the rise…..Published on: Tuesday, Sep 22, 2015
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- About 1 in 3 adults in Wyoming are medically obese.
- Wyoming’s adult obesity rate for 2014 was 29.5 percent, making it the 27th fattest state in the country. The state’s obesity rate in 2013 was 27.7 percent.
- Wyoming’s obesity rate has shot up sharply over the past 20 years. In 1995, 14 percent of the state’s adults were obese. In 2000, that had risen to 16.6 percent.
- Colorado is the least obese state at 23.1 percent
Wyoming’s current obesity level mirrors a national trend. Both state and national rates are starting to level off somewhat, she said.
People are confused about how to stay healthy, said Alice Burron, a health and fitness coach in Cheyenne. “There are a lot of mixed messages out there about diets that people are hearing. They don’t know where to begin.”
But the basics of weight loss are quite simple, she added. “It is a matter of eating less and being more active” and eating quality foods, she said.
“I think that what would really help is if we could have some sort of ability to help people understand what healthy eating is,” Burron said. Her general recommendation is to “go back to the basics. Remember, the more natural the state of food is in, the better the food will be. She said it would be great to have a community coming together to develop a community plan to help people get and stay on track.
CrossFit 7220 is proud to be one of these communities coming together to provide opportunities, education and support to encourage physical activity and proper nutrition.