The obesity rate in Georgia is 28.2%, according to the latest Gallup Well-Being Index.
These findings are based on body mass index from self-reported data.
That’s why some health officials believe the data should be taken with a grain of salt.
“It’s not like the data the CDC does where they actually go out and weigh and measure people really. So you do have to look at this with a jaundiced eye,” says Connie Crawley, a registered dietician with the University of Georgia.