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Obesity Rates Still Rising in many States

6:43 PM, Jul 7, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Today, all but one does.

An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state with the lowest obesity rate today would have had the highest obesity rate in 1995. That state is Colorado, where 19.8 percent of adults are considered obese.

Today, the study says, a dozen states top 30 percent obesity, most of them in the South. Mississippi topped the list for the seventh year in a row, with Alabama, West Virginia, Tennessee and Louisiana close behind.

The study is based on 2010 data.

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