Arizona is getting fatter and smoking more

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PHOENIX -- According to the latest health statistics, 25 percent of all adults in Arizona are now considered obese and the number of people with diabetes has grown 30 percent in the last five years.

"We need to commit to a healthier lifestyle now," said Will Humble, Public Health Services deputy director. "Obesity is more dangerous than lightning. Most people will run away from lightning, but they won't walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator."

The annual Vital Statistics and Behavioral Risk Factor Survey reports track information about the prevalence of selected risk behaviors, health conditions, and chronic diseases in adults in Arizona.

According to the Arizona Department of Health, the reports showed that more Arizonans are smoking. Twenty percent of Arizonans smoked in 2007 compared to 18 percent in 2006.

In 2006, Arizona's adult obesity rate was 20.8%, rising more than 4-percent in 2007.

The stats did show that Arizona adults did a better job eating fresh fruits and vegetables and using medical screenings like colorectal exams.

The Arizona Department of Health Services encourages people to be active, eat nutritious foods in the right portions and stop smoking. For more information on how to achieve your health goals, visit .