Connecticut has 11th lowest obesity rate in the nation
The index data is based on U.S. adults' self-reports of height and weight, which were then used to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) scores. According to Gallup, a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
The 2015 obesity rate results are based on 177,281 random telephone interview of adults in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., conducted between Jan. 2 and Dec. 30, 2015.
In 2015, Hawaii had the nation's lowest obesity rate (18.5%), while West Virginia had the highest (37%).
The Well-Being Index found that the national obesity rate reached a new high of 28% in 2015 — a 2.5% increase from 2008 — and that all 11 states with obesity rates below 25% were in the Northeast or West.
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