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Hawaii's adult obesity rate remained steady in 2015

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii’s adult obesity rate remained relatively stable in 2015, at 22.7 percent, according to new state-by-state figures released this month.

The state continued to have the 49th lowest rate of obesity, just above Colorado.

The new figures from the State of Obesity report found that obesity decreased in four states in 2015, increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stabled in the rest.

It’s the first time in a decade that any state has seen a decline in adult obesity.

Though those numbers are good news, scientists and public health officials say the United States must still do more to address its obesity epidemic.

Even Hawaii, with its relatively low rate of obesity compared to the rest of the nation, has a significant problem.

The rate of adult obesity has more than doubled since 1990, when just 8.9 percent of adults were obese. In 2000, Hawaii’s adult obesity rate was at 15.7 percent.

In the last several years, Hawaii's adult obesity rate has hovered around 21 percent. At the same time, obesity among high schoolers in the islands has declined, bucking a national trend.

The adult obesity rate in the islands is highest among 26- to 44-year-olds. The group has an obesity rate of 26.4 percent. Meanwhile, adult men are more likely to be obese. Some 26.8 percent of adult men in the islands fall into the category, compared to 20.3 percent of women.

Nationally, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states, and are above 20 percent in all states.

The rate is highest in Louisiana, where 36.2 percent of adults are obese.

For the full results of the state-by-state report, click here.

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