D.C. obesity rate remains low compared to the rest of America

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D.C. residents remain less obese than most of the country, only falling short of those lean mountaineers of Colorado, according to a new study. Does that mean we've been substituting Five Guys' burgers and fries for Chop’t salads with "spa" dressing? Don’t let the statistics fool you — we're still fat, just not quite as fat as everyone else.

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In its report “F as in Fat,” Trust for America's Health finds that only 21.7 percent of D.C. adults are obese, up two-tenths of a percentage point from last year. Maryland and Virginia landed roughly in the middle of the rankings, with obesity rates of 27.1 and 25.9 percent, respectively. Good to know that little has changed since three months ago.

Those with less education and lower income, and racial and ethnic minorities, are more likely to be obese. In the District, the obesity rates break down as follows: 34.4 percent for blacks, 18.1 percent for Latinos, and 9.3 percent for whites.

While we're tempted to celebrate being the second least-fat place in America, consider these two stats from the report:

• "Fifteen years ago, District of Columbia had an obesity rate of 12.8 percent and was ranked 10th least obese state in the nation. The obesity rate in District of Columbia increased by 70 percent over the last 15 years."

• "Fifteen years ago, District of Columbia had a combined obesity and overweight rate of 47.7 percent. Ten years ago, it was 51.6 percent. Now, the combined rate is 54.8 percent."

So it's not that we're slim, exactly; we're just not getting fat at quite the same pace as our fellow Americans.

[via WaPo]

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