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Linn County Men Getting Obese Faster

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Iowans are slightly more obese than the rest of the nation, and Linn County residents are more so than anywhere else in the state.

Thats the conclusion of a newly published report.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, at the University of Washington, says more and more folks in Linn County are becoming obese, and men are getting there at a faster rate than women.

In Linn County, more than 35 percent of women and 36 percent of men are obese.

"Maybe it will urge some people to more action to realize by comparison they have some worked to do, said Kari Gehrki, who says she isnt surprised.

The new numbers compare demographics since 2011.

It also compares obesity rates between women and men and finds Linn county men are getting fatter faster than women.

Men are lazier as far as it comes down to watching their eating habits working out. Men are not as avid about their looks as women are, said Arthur Barbine who thinks men are different.

"We as a society expect that. That it's okay for a guy to be overweight but it's completely not for a woman no matter what age you are to be overweight, said Beth Rose who also isnt surprised.

Rose says obesity is something everyone should be worried about; in fact her husband wanted a hot dog today.

"Yeah and I said no. He has salad waiting for him and that's what he's going to have, she said.

That's because obesity is a concern in both Linn County and Iowa.

"According to the CDC obesity affects more than one-third of adults. That's 35.7 percent of the United States population."

Compared to other states, Iowa men are fatter than the national average, while maybe surprisingly, women are slimmer.

Experts say all that great, fresh produce at farmer's markets may be partly to blame.

"Even though fruits and vegetables are good we still have to watch or proportions, said Dr. Barnett of Mercy Medical Center.

The study does have some good news.

Obesity is continuing to rise in America, but more of us are getting more active and working out more to burn of those calories.

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