HELENA – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data showing Montana is among the states with the lowest rates of obesity.
Montana has the sixth lowest obese and overweight population. Health experts credit our outdoor recreation culture and communities that are bike and pedestrian friendly.
However, 25% of the Treasure State’s population is still overweight and Type II diabetes and hypertension — diseases commonly associated with obesity — still have a serious impact on Montana communities.
The people most at risk in the state are the elderly, people with disabilities, and those who struggle with substance abuse.
“Even though we are lower, there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Mandi Zanto, section supervisor for DPHHS. “You know, 25% is a pretty significant amount of Montanans that still need that help to become healthier, become more active.”
DPHHS has created many programs to help those with weight problems around Montana like Tela Health which offers services with a doctor through video chat for those who are not able to go to the doctors.
The Montana Public Health Association conference begins this week and they will be discussing research, ideas, and strategies with national public health experts for the upcoming year.
-Mercedies Pruneda reporting for MTN News