Montana Is Now The Thinnest State - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Montana Is Now The Thinnest State

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN -

Montana is the now the thinnest state in the United States.

The new Gallup Well-Being Index said residents in Montana are now deemed thin because of what we eat and do.

And many people said they think it is partly because we enjoy what Montana has to offer.

For the first time, Montana's obesity rate is lower than Colorado's.

Montana's obesity rate sits at 19.6 percent while Colorado's is 20.4 percent.

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Pediatrician Pepper Henyon said a big contributor is Montana's rural atmosphere.

"There aren't huge bigger cities like New York or Los Angeles where kids are afraid to go out of their houses to exercise or people in general," said Henyon.

People can be seen even walking around downtown Bozeman, or any Montana city for that matter, on any ordinary afternoon.

But that's not all people like to do under the big sky.

"I think Montanan's are going out we ski, snowmobile, run and swim," said Carrie Walker, Belgrade resident. "We've got so many outdoor activities."

Henyon said even though Montana has the lowest obesity rate, it still could be lower.

"We as a society and as parents for our children still need to look for ways for people to stay healthy," said Henyon.

She suggests following a five, two, one, zero rule.

That's eating five servings of fruits and vegetables, spending no more than two hours in front of any screen, getting at least one hour of exercise and drinking no sugar sweetened drinks.

Catie Kuntz said she likes to spend time outdoors running or skiing. She said she thinks exercising with a friend could help bring down Montana's obesity rate.

"Try to get those few that are obese or getting to be obese to go with them on a run or go with them skiing," said Kuntz.

Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest obesity rates.

  • Most Popular

  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • Idaho to send 250 inmates to Texas

    Thursday, February 8 2018 6:14 PM EST2018-02-08 23:14:26 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho - Officials with the Idaho Department of Correction say up to 250 male inmates will be moved to a correctional center in Texas due to a shortage of beds in Idaho's prisons and jails. Director Henry Atencio said Thursday that he knows the move creates challenges for inmates and their families, but Idaho simply has no more room. 

    BOISE, Idaho - Officials with the Idaho Department of Correction say up to 250 male inmates will be moved to a correctional center in Texas due to a shortage of beds in Idaho's prisons and jails. Director Henry Atencio said Thursday that he knows the move creates challenges for inmates and their families, but Idaho simply has no more room. 

  • Mom says Pasco daycare waxed toddler's eyebrows

    Mom says Pasco daycare waxed toddler's eyebrows

    Wednesday, February 7 2018 12:03 PM EST2018-02-07 17:03:28 GMT

    PASCO, Wash. - The two moms of the kids whose eyebrows were waxed by their daycare officially filed a police report today with the Pasco Police Department. The daycare - a non-profit organization at Columbia Basin College - is licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The center has been licensed for less than a year, and has had no complaints filed against them...until this one. 

    PASCO, Wash. - The two moms of the kids whose eyebrows were waxed by their daycare officially filed a police report today with the Pasco Police Department. The daycare - a non-profit organization at Columbia Basin College - is licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The center has been licensed for less than a year, and has had no complaints filed against them...until this one. 

  • Hemp Hearts: a brand new local 'superfood' on store shelves now

    Hemp Hearts: a brand new local 'superfood' on store shelves now

    Thursday, February 1 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-02-01 23:54:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 1 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-02-01 23:54:16 GMT

    Almost all of us have to go to the grocery store but Hilary Kelsay and Max Schneider may get a little more excited about it than the rest of us.

    Almost all of us have to go to the grocery store but Hilary Kelsay and Max Schneider may get a little more excited about it than the rest of us.

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.