CLOVIS (KSMX)- Obesity is a rapidly growing epidemic. The national average shows 30.1% of adults are obese, a number that has doubled from 15% in 1990.
A new study from Consumer Protect, shows that New Mexico is the 37th most obese state in America with 28.4% of its adult population struggling with obesity.
The study analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on obesity, exercise, and healthy eating habits. New Mexico had an exercise average of 24.5% of adult residents who do zero physical leisure activity. 37.4% of adults eat less than one fruit per day ranking New Mexico No. 18 in the country for this category.
A person is considered obese when their Body Mass Indicator (BMI) is over 30.
It’s not only bad news for our waistline, but also our wallet. The cost of treating obesity – linked to early death, heart disease and diabetes — is up to $210 billion annually.