As Minnesota's obesity rate rises, people's sense of well-being decreases


The obesity rate in the United States increased again, and Minnesota is among four states that experienced a significant waistline jump, the 2014 Gallup HealthWays Well-Being Index released this week shows.

The rate of obesity – the percentage of people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher – rose last year to 27.7 percent nationwide, up from 27.1 percent in 2013. That's 2.2 percentage points higher than in 2008 when the survey began. The percentage of people who remain underweight remains steady at 2 percent, Gallup notes.

Minnesota ranks ninth for states with the lowest percentage of people who are obese at 24.8 percent, down five spots from 2013.

Obesity tied to sense of well-being

As obesity rates continue to rise, people's overall sense of well-being has dropped, the survey notes.

Gallup found Americans' desire to lose weight isn't matched by their efforts, and the desire to do so may stem from deficits in other areas of well-being:

"For example, if residents don't have a strong sense of purpose, struggle financially or lack supportive relationships, it will be much more difficult for them to buy healthy food, exercise regularly and achieve their weight loss goals."

The decline in overall well-being is reflected in Minnesota's well-being ranking, which has dropped from fourth in the nation in 2013 to 11th last year – the first time in the history of the survey Minnesota hasn't cracked the top 10.

The survey also looks at specific communities. The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area has ranked high since reporting began in 2008, but came in at No. 17 overall in 2014, down from No. 4 in 2013.

North Dakota also saw a significant decrease in its well-being ranking, as well as an increase in obesity. The state's well-being rank dropped from No. 1 in 2013 to No. 23 last year, while it's obesity ranking dropped from No. 24 in 2013 to No. 32 last year.

Next Up

3M Open, Tony Finau

Multiple injuries after pickup crashes into shuttle bus at 3M Open

Blaine police listed 25 people as being involved in the collision.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Teen arrested in connection to recent St. Cloud shootings

The shootings, which occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday, did not result in injury or property damage.

GoFundMe - Ryan Bialke

Red Lake Band raising money for children of slain officer Ryan Bialke

They're hoping to create a memorial and scholarship fund.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

8 years in prison for man charged with shooting at National Guard

He was accused of firing multiple shots at soldiers patrolling Minneapolis.

Facebook - semi crash july 30 2021 Hwy 212 - Chaska Police Department

'Large crash' involving semi-truck on Highway 212 in Chaska

Police are warning motorists about long delays.

Fairmont Raceway

Fairmont Raceway admits 'bad mistake,' announcer on leave after racist comments

The raceway promoter initially backed Len Oelke, but has now apologized.

Smoke and haze Minneapolis

Air quality still bad on Friday as wildfire smoke continues to blanket MN

The smoky haze will continue till at least Friday afternoon.