31 percent of Hoosiers are overweight, Indiana ranking 8th in most overweight states

Indiana makes it into the top ten for most overweight states in the nation, coming in at number eight.

A new study by Ball State’s Global Health Institute states that nearly 31 percent of the adult population of Indiana is obese. While obesity rates dropped slightly on the national level, according to the study, obesity rates in Indiana rose by 0.7 percent.

An obese person in the United States spends an average of $1,400 more on health care than a person who maintains a healthy weight. The Ball State study says that by 2030 the majority of states could reach 50 percent obesity rates. Indiana could hit that level before that forecasted date.


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