Rising obesity rate puts more Minnesotans at risk for serious health conditions

State’s adult obesity rate now tops 30%

Minnesota’s adult obesity rate rose from 28.4% in 2017 to 30.1% in 2018, putting more Minnesotans at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer and other serious health conditions.

The national adult obesity rate rose from 30.1% in 2017 to 30.9% in 2018, according to data released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to being a significant health concern, obesity is also a significant driver of health care costs. In Minnesota, 2017 health care costs due to obesity were estimated to be $3.2 billion.

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