Missouri 11th Obese State in the Nation
COLUMBIA - Trust for America's Health released new statistics this week naming Missouri the 11th most obese state in the nation. Nationwide, obesity has increased by 80 percent over the last 15 years.
These statistics are defined by a person's body mass index of 30 or more. Body mass index is measured by a person's weight and height.
Some mid-Missourians are not shocked of these new numbers.
"I think it's time for everyone to open their eyes a little bit and stop putting this off until tomorrow to take of because obesity causes lots of health problems," said personal trainer Adam Viquesney.
Statistics show 30 percent of Missourians are considered obese. Researchers blame this increase on lack of exercise and foods in high in fat.
"It doesn't surprise me with the way people eat and are so busy. They don't take time out to exercise," said Columbia resident Brian Tate.
Mississippi was declared the most obese state while Colorado is at the bottom of the list, making it the leanest state in the nation.