A look at obesity trends in New Hampshire make it clear why state public health officials are concerned. In 1995, just 12.9 percent of state residents were obese, good for a 40th-place ranking. By 2003, 20.2 percent of New Hampshire residents were obese, moving the state up to 38th place. It’s been uphill ever since.
The percentages may be lower in the Bay State, but the trend is the same. In 1995, just 11.6 percent of the state’s adults were obese, 48th in the country. By 2003, the percentage of obese adults had climbed to 16.8 percent.