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New Mexico moves up one spot on most obese states list

Meg Hilling
September 01, 2017 05:31 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. – With a holiday weekend right around the corner, many people have plans to get outside with family and have a good meal. But a new study shows that those meals are more likely to have consequences on the health of New Mexicans.

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According to an annual report from The State of Obesity – which analyzes trends associated with the country’s obesity epidemic – New Mexico is doing worse when it comes to watching our waistlines. Making the jump from 34 last year, the state is now the 33rd most obese in the country.

"When you look at how busy people are today with work and families, with activities and challenges of life, it is difficult to eat well," said Sandy Grunwaldt. "It’s difficult to get movement in your day."

So what can New Mexicans do?

"Use some exercise," said Nick Maule. "You don’t have to come in and spend a bunch of money. You don’t have to spend a bunch of time. You can get a membership at a gym and come one or two days a week."

For those not feeling the gym atmosphere, one of the simplest things that can be done is going out for a walk, even if it’s just around the block.

But working out isn’t the only solution to staying in shape.

"I think that the more people understand nutrition and where they are starting at, that’s going to be the biggest (thing) to help our obesity rate," Maule said. "Eating more doesn’t actually mean you’re going to gain weight."

Grunwaldt said that keeping in shape comes down to individual motivations and one particular question.

"Personally, why is it an ultimate goal for you to be a healthy person?" she said. 

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