Chart of the Day: Midwestern Obesity Rates over Time

Here’s a bit of encouraging news, at least if you happen to live in Minnesota. According to the CDC, Minnesota is alone in the upper midwest in keeping obesity in check. Here’s the chart, via MN Dept of Health:


Why are we bucking the trend?

In 2013, approximately 18,600 Minnesotans covered by state health care programs moved from overweight to a healthy weight. There is an estimated annual savings of as much as $9 million to state taxpayers due to this change to healthy weight alone.

“Obesity is a complex condition with many contributing factors. We know diet and exercise are key, and I am confident that Minnesota’s success is closely tied to investments by the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and its community and private sector partners to increase Minnesotans opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger.

Walking begins at home, folks.

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.