Study shows higher obesity rate in Florida

Published: Jun. 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT
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A study done by University of Florida researchers has found Florida's obesity rate is higher than originally thought.

A National Health Survey showed the overall obesity rate at nearly 28% percent, but this new study shows a rate of 37%.

UF researchers were joined by those with Florida Hospital in Orlando, and the "Obesity Action Coalition."

"In most studies we rely on people to tell us how much they weigh or how tall they are, but the issue is like most of us, we tend to make ourselves a little bit taller and a little bit leaner when we talk about these things, but we actually had people weighed and measured for their height so there was no room for fibbing or error," said Michelle Cardel.

The UF Health researchers say the study also revealed African Americans had the highest obesity rates among racial groups in the state, with 45.7%, Hispanics were reported at 37.1% and Non-Hispanic Whites at 35.2%.