21% of CT adults are obese

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Over one in five adults in our state were obese in 2009, up from 12.5% in 1995. While that is bad, we are below the even worse US average of 26.7%. As in the rest of the US, CT adults between the ages of 45 and 54, men, and blacks are at greatest risk. College graduates are less likely to be obese but the benefit seems to require graduating – there was little difference between high school graduates, less than high school or some post-high school education. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that only 28.3% of us in CT are getting five servings of fruits or vegetables in a day, and 68% of us aren’t even physically active for 20 minutes three days/week.
Ellen Andrews