- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials say New Mexico is one of only 14 states to report a decrease in obesity rates.

The Health Department says new data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal a decrease in the prevalence of self-reported obesity among New Mexico adults.

The data showed a 0.7 percentage point decrease in the rate of all adults reporting themselves to be obese in New Mexico last year over the same survey conducted in 2012.

The Health Department says New Mexico is one of the few states consistently showing signs of stabilizing after years of dramatic increase in obesity in the country between 1990 and 2010.

Health Secretary Retta Ward says New Mexico is moving in the right direction, but there’s no question the state has more work to do.

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