1 in 4 Minnesotans are obese

Just in time to kill our State Fair food buzz, Gallup releases a survey indicating that 25.2% of Minnesotans are obese.


Minnesota falls near the middle of the pack. Colorado has the lowest rate of obesity nationally with 20.1%, West Virginia rounds out the other end of the spectrum with a rate of 29%.

  • matt

    If, on average, 25% of a population has a ” bad” characteristic doesn’t that “bad” characteristic stop being adverse and just become a trait? I don’t offer that up to diminish the impact of obesity or wish to stop anyone from pushing away the plate but at what point does obese become a normal condition – does it have to be 50%?

  • Kassie

    I’m obese. If 25% of us are obese, why is it so hard to find clothes that fit? Particularly clothes to exercise and be active in?

  • Rich

    There’s something profoundly wrong with a mentality that says in effect “feel free to become grotesquely over-weight, because we’ll keep trying to find medical fix-its for every health problem you experience as a result. Indeed, as you lay prostrate on your heavily reinforced LaZee-Boy watching TV and stuffing snacks into your mouth, we can sell you all manner of pills, diet fads, and ultimately surgery to eke out your existence.” The vision of the Axiom with its bloated humans living entirely on hover-chairs seems prescient. But is it really living? A life spent imprisoned within a wall of blubber seems to be no real life at all. And the waste of money required to keep disease at bay is enormous. This is a vision of a topsy-turvey world indeed. Surely it makes far more sense to permit the true cost of a disease (in this case, obesity) to make itself plain instead of masking it for as long as possible with expensive fixes? The problem seems insurmountable, for human nature is not well matched to the task of dealing with an excess of plenty.

  • Al

    Matt, I wouldn’t call it a trait if it leads to a whole host of diseases.

    What I find surprising about this is that Wisconsin isn’t in the ‘Higher Range’.