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Montana Is Now The Thinnest State

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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.

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