Massachusetts is 4th skinniest state in the US

Recent report shows Mass. waistlines are expanding like they are in other states.

Burgers and fries may have taken a sideline seat for some Massachusetts residents after a recent survey revealed the Bay State is the fourth skinniest state in the country.



The state's obesity rate came in at 22 percent according to a study conducted by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.



That puts Massachusetts in the fourth least fat position in the US.



Although the study indicates that residents didn’t drop a waist size since the last survey conducted in 2008, they didn’t increase either.



According to the report, adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state.



Twelve states now have obesity rates over 30 percent.



Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent. The report said obesity rates exceed 25 percent in more than two-thirds of states.



In Massachusetts, 13 percent of children and adolescents are considered obese.



This could contribute to the rise in other areas surveyed, such as the diabetes rate, hypertension rates and obesity and overweight rates combined.



Massachusetts saw an increase in all of those categories, according to the latest reports.



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