Area residents are leaner than rest of the state

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims nearly 40-percent of the populace (about 93 million people) in the U.S. were obese at the time of 2015-16.  Current studies reinforce what we already understand: obesity rates are alarmingly high, and populations continue to see steady increases in obesity.

Individuals suffering from obesity are at a higher risk for mobility problems and experience a negative social stigma often associated with being overweight.  Financial status plays a significant part in obesity.  Low-income, minority populations are more likely to be overweight and tend to experience obesity in higher numbers.  But what exactly do these numbers mean for a resident of Franklin County?

Idaho records an adult obesity rate that is 32nd in the country. The state also has the highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17.  Idaho’s adult obesity rate is now 29.3%, up from 18.4% in 2000 and 9.3% in 1990. 

Franklin County’s citizens need to lose marginally more than 33 pounds to reach a weight considered healthy.  This is approximately 25 pounds less than that needed by other residents of Idaho and 26 lbs less than residents of the other 50 states and territories. 

Breaking the amounts down centered on gender, as stated by’s statistics, the average Body Mass Index (BMI) in Franklin County is 28.2 for women. Women weigh roughly 156 pounds.  A healthy BMI range is 18.5 to 24.9; therefore ladies in the county are relatively close to”normal.”

Research for the study was verified with a review board made up of professionals in nutrition like Erin Peisach RDN, Devon Golem RD, Roxanne Moore RDN, & Danielle Omar RDN., and based on anonymous data compiled by