Slightly more than 30 percent of adult Oregonians self-report themselves as obese, according the annual “Behavioral Risk” phone survey.
That compares to 26 percent in Washington and 24 percent in California.
Luci Longoria with the Public Health Division says Oregon did its own polling and found fewer Oregonians reported being obese than the federal survey showed but she concedes it’s still a problem.
“We know what to do,” she said. “We need to eat better and we need to move more. We need to make sure that our work sites and our communities our child care facilities, our health care environments support us in doing that. We know what to do. We just need help doing it,” said Longoria.
Colorado residents are the thinnest in the study, with 20 percent of residents reporting that they’re obese. On the other end of the scale, at 35 percent, are Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia.