Colorado Obesity Rates Lowest In US

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, I learned that Colorado has the lowest obesity rates among adults of any of the nation’s 50 states. From other research, I’ve understood that Boulder county has some of the most fit and healthy citizens in the state.

This may not come as such a shock to many of you, if you already live here. On any given day, you’ll see more than the average number of folks out for a run, or a cycling adventure around the area. Whether it’s mountain biking, road cycling or some other combo, the people here really do like spending time outdoors. (I hope we’re all putting on lots of sunscreen!)

With so many days of beautiful weather, and lots of sunshine, it’s only natural to want to take advantage of the local outdoor opportunities available here.

Many people I know have moved here from other areas of the country simply for the quality of life opportunities available in the Boulder area.

Call, text, or email me today! … I’d seriously enjoy having the opportunity to talk to you about your plans if you’re moving, or if you know someone who is considering a move, and needs some straight answers.

Wondering about some of those other states and how they stack up? How about some more info on Colorado?

Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who released their report in early August 2010,18.6% of adults age 18 and over in Colorado were obese in 2009, making it the only state, along with Washington D.C., with an obesity rate below 20%. In contrast, 34.4%of adults in Mississippi were obese.

Ten years ago, 28 states had obesity rates of below 20% of their adult population, according to the CDC report.  Now Colorado and D.C. are the only two who come in below 20%!

In case you were wondering… the CDC defines obesity as having a body-mass index — a calculation based on height and weight — above 30, or about 180 or more pounds for a five-foot, five-inch person. Those people with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 are considered simply over-weight, and those with a BMI between 18.5 to 24.9 are considered in the ‘healthy weight’ category.

So, you suppose you could move to Colorado and drop some poundage? Who knows? Your health benefits from relocating won’t happen through osmosis… but immersing yourself in a lifestyle, and an environment packed with like-minded individuals focused on living a healthy lifestyle may give you the encouragement to get up off the couch, put away those chips, and start moving!

Thinking about buying a new home, or getting ready to sell?

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-Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, full-time RE/MAX professional,  and author of the Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide.

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