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Study: Michigan Ranks 17th For Adult Obesity In U.S.

Sep 23, 2015

The number of obese adults in Michigan is up 7 percent from 15 years ago.

In Michigan, slightly more than thirty percent of adults are now medically obese, that’s a 7% increase from the year 2000. Those statistics come from an annual report compiled by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health.

Michigan is 17th in the U.S. for adult obesity and 12th in the rate of adults who report no regular physical activity.

Julie Jahn, professor of physical education at Eastern Michigan University, says if you’re looking to get more active try taking a walk with friends or family.

She says, “Research shows that when physical activity is done in a social setting, there tends to be more adherence, more fun. The other thing is do what you enjoy. If you hate running, don’t run.”

Jahn says there are a number of programs in Washtenaw County for residents looking for a healthier lifestyle. For more information, click this link.

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- Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her: aleclair@emich.edu