by Hans D. Stroo on May 22, 2014
From 2004 through 2010 in Washington state’s 39 counties, obesity was most prevalent in Adams, Cowlitz, Lewis, Gray’s Harbor and Pacific and least prevalent in San Juan, King, Jefferson, Whatcom and Chelan. Among the most improved were Klickitat (25th lowest to 11th) and Ferry (28th to 8th). Nationally Washington state is close to the middle of the pack: as we reported yesterday the state for the same seven year stretch had the 23rd lowest obesity rate of 50 states. However even the worst-performing Washington counties have slightly lower 2004-2010 obesity prevalence rates than the latest-reported average rate for the U.S. of 34.9 percent.