(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The tri-state is getting big, literally.
An annual report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Indiana is the 15th fattest state in the country.
Twenty-nine percent of Hoosiers are considered obese, up more than ten percent from the same study in 1995.
Kentucky was even bigger, 6th in the country for obesity. Ohio was 13th.
As for Indiana’s other two neighboring states, Illinois was 23rd and Michigan was 10th.
Indiana University Health Obesity Prevention Program's Laura McCarthy says the fight against obesity starts at the grassroots level.
“It’s a great opportunity for Indiana University Health and other groups in the state to really fight in the attack on obesity. There will be lots of opportunities for community work,” McCarthy said.
Some of the easiest ways to combat obesity are things that people can begin doing today McCarthy said.
“Some of the main things are increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and getting more physical activity,” said McCarthy.
Colorado has the smallest percentage of obese residents at 19.8 percent, which would have been the nation's highest in 1995.