New report moves Indiana out of top 10 fattest states

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FILE – In this June 26, 2012 file photo, two women converse in New York. New government figures released Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 showed small increases that were not considered statistically significant but were seen by some as a cause for concern. The adult obesity rate rose from to about 40 percent, from just shy […]

A new report says Indiana residents are still too heavy, but the state no longer ranks among the nation’s 10 fattest states.

The report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says 33.6 percent of Hoosier adults are obese, giving Indiana the nation’s 12th-highest obesity rate.

Last year’s report ranked Indiana’s adult obesity rate 10th in the U.S., at 32.5 percent.

Rebekah Pepper is spokeswoman for the new report. She tells The Journal GazetteIndiana’s improved ranking doesn’t necessarily mean Hoosiers are slimming down, and could simply reflect that other states “are getting worse.”

John Auerbach is the CEO of the Trust for America’s Health. He says obesity is a complex, intractable problem that costs the nation $149 billion annually in direct health care spending.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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