Coloradans lack understanding about obesity, healthful lifestyle, survey shows

New research from LiveWell Colorado indicates that many Coloradans have a hard time accurately identifying obesity and underestimate what it means to be overweight or obese.

Many also have a hard time understanding these concerns in terms of their own weight and lifestyle, according to the nonprofit organization.

LiveWell Colorado commissioned a survey of 1,100 Colorado residents in November and December 2010 and found that an overriding attitude is that obesity is “someone else’s problem,” according to the organization.

More than half of survey participants said they and their children eat enough vegetables and fruits every day and exercise enough, but claimed just one-third of their friends were doing as well.

According to the organization, Colorado’s obesity rate has doubled since 1995 and is ranked 23rd among all states for childhood obesity. About 55 percent of Colorado adults and a quarter of Colorado children are overweight or obese, according to the organization.

Fewer than 10 percent of Colorado’s children eat vegetables at least two or three times a day, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s “Weight of the State” report, and about 25 percent of adults eat the recommended five servings of vegetables and fruits per day.

According to the report, 55 percent of adults and children reported getting the recommended amount of physical activity.

The survey commissioned by LiveWell Colorado found that mothers are most likely to agree that they are responsible for solving Colorado’s obesity problem.

A full overview of the survey findings will be presented in an Internet seminar at noon March 1. To register for the seminar, go to www2.gotomeeting.com/register/453384842.

For information about LiveWell Colorado, go to http://www.livewellcolorado.org.


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