Another report on obesity, more depressing news: The number of Alaskans joining the ranks of the overweight or obese has increased an average of about 1 percent a year since 1991, says a new analysis produced by the state Department of Health and Social Services.
Adult Alaskans with weight problems grew from 49 percent being above normal weight in 1991 to 66 percent in 2007.
The new state analysis gives details of some consequences of that weight gain:
The state used body mass indexes -- a calculation taking into account weight and height -- to determine whether people are considered normal weight, overweight or obese.
The report says some Alaskans are more likely to be overweight and obese than others. Among those with the highest levels of obesity are Alaska Natives, women with household incomes of $15,000 or less and women who don't finish high school.
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