Hoosiers have room to shape up after obesity report

It is a national ranking the state of Indiana is not proud of.

According to a new report, Indiana tied with South Carolina for the eighth highest adult obesity rate in the nation at 30.8 percent. Indiana is one of 12 states in the nation with an adult obesity rate above 30 percent.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Gregory Larkin said Indiana has been battling obesity for decades. Last year Indiana ranked 15th in the nation in the same report, but this year is different--and should not be compared to last year's numbers.

"They changed the ground rules of how you rank a state and they'll tell you that, please, don't compare them to previous rankings," Larkin said. "For Indiana, we don't care if we're 15th or 8th by the new ranking--it's an issue we have to deal with."

Mississippi is at the top of the rankings and Colorado is at the bottom.

Click here for more information about the state's plan to get Hoosiers healthy.

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