Decrease reported in New Mexico obesity rate

Created: 09/05/2014 11:17 AM
By: Kristen Garcia,

New data analyzed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention showed a decrease in self-reported obesity among New Mexico adults in 2013. New Mexico is one of only 14 U.S. states and territories to report a decrease.

The data was a result of the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System's annual survey. The state-based phone survey collected information from approximately 400,000 adults aged 18 years old and older.

The data showed a 0.7 percent decrease in adults reporting themselves to be obese in New Mexico, compared to 2012.  

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico is one of the few U.S. states consistently showing signs of stabilizing after years of dramatic increase in obesity in the country between the years of 1990 to 2010.

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