Obesity Rate Expands in Colorado and Weld County

Published on September 12, 2019

Closeup of overweight person measuring their waist

Weld County — Obesity in Weld County has steadily expanded in recent years. From 2010 to 2016, the obesity rate rose from 25% to 31% among adults. A new report from the Trust for America’s Health shows nine U.S. states have adult obesity rates over 35%, up from seven states in 2017. Colorado’s obesity rate has risen to 23%, up from 19% a decade ago.

“While we have been taking important steps to improve the health of our community, there is more we can do to help residents lead healthier lives,” said Mark E. Wallace, MD, MPH, Executive Director of Weld County Health Department.

Obesity has serious health consequences including increased risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression, and many types of cancers. Obesity is estimated to increase national health care spending by $149 billion annually. Being overweight or obese is also the most common reason young adults are deemed ineligible for military service.

Health officials recommend the following to start your journey to better health:

  • Choose healthier foods (100% whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein)
  • Replace eating out with cooking more meals at home
  • Limit consumption of processed foods, added sugars, and sugar-sweetened beverages (soda, flavored milk, and sports and energy drinks)
  • Increase physical activity
  • Limit television time, screen time, and other time sitting

The Health Department offers free individual nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian who is a certified specialist in obesity and weight management. Scheduled appointments are on Friday mornings at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. To schedule an appointment, call (970) 304-6420.