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Colorado beer: Fighting obesity?

Recently, Colorado was named the state with the lowest obesity rate in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Just slightly more than 1 in 5 of Coloradoans are obese, according to the government data. Which seems still pretty high, but that’s the best we’ve got.

I don’t think it’s any coincidence that along with this title, Colorado can claim the world’s largest beer festival and ranks fourth in breweries per capita, according to the Brewers Association.

Colorado is also home to endless outdoor and active events like U.S. Olympic training, mountain climbing, hiking, running, cycling and skiing. Colorado, in other words, is filled with beer runners.

The obvious conclusion from this data is that if you follow the beer runner lifestyle, you’re less likely to be obese.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the other end of the spectrum.

The state with the highest rate of obesity is Mississippi, with almost 35 percent of its population counted as obese.

Can you guess where Mississippi ranks in breweries per capita? That’s right. Dead last.

So learn a lesson from our fittest and fattest in this country. Drink beer, be active, and don’t get fat.

Photo credit: Creative Commons image by MacKinnon Photography


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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