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Even in thin towns, girths are gaining

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — The Steamboat Pilot & Today proclaims Routt County as the "skinniest county in the skinniest state."

Strictly speaking, that's not entirely correct. In fact, it has the lowest obesity rate in Colorado, which has the lowest obesity rate in the United States.

As for children — no, not so much. LiveWell Northwest Colorado has found that children are growing obese by 1 per cent point per year since 2009. During that time the obesity rate for children has grown from 16.4 per cent to 19.4 per cent. That's not skinny and it's not healthy.

That is in line with the surging obesity rate for children in Colorado. For children, unlike adults, Colorado is 23rd in the nation.

What's happening? LiveWell Northwest Colorado presents the argument that while Steamboat Springs and Routt County are affluent places, higher-than-average food costs can create a budget crunch for some local families. "In a nutshell, healthy foods are available but not affordable for all residents," says the newspaper, echoing the LiveWell analysis.

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