MONTPELIER, Vt.—A new national report says adult obesity rates in New England are lower than in most other areas of the country, but are rising.
The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report that among the six New England states, Connecticut scored best. Twenty-one-point-four percent of Connecticut adults were obese, second lowest to Colorado's 19.1.
The second lowest obesity rate in New England was in Massachusetts, at 21.7 percent, followed by Vermont's 22.8 percent, Rhode Island's 22.9 percent, New Hampshire's 25.4 and Maine's 25.8. Obesity rates in all six states were up from last year.
Ten of the 11 most obese states in the country were in the South, with Mississippi topping the list at 33.8 percent of adults rated obese.