After growth in obesity rates, Idaho sees small downtick

A state health official says new data shows Idaho adults reversing a decades-long increase in obesity.

The Spokesman-Review reports the 28.6 percent of adults in Idaho who said they were obese in 2015 is down from 28.9 percent in 2014.

Data comes from a state Department of Health & Welfare report that uses the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

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Department official Ivie Smart says more Idaho residents are embracing healthy eating and activities.

The state's obesity rate grew from 9.3 percent to 29.6 percent between 1990 and 2013.

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