ATLANTA (AP) -- New health statistics show that nearly 36 percent of black Americans are obese -- much more than other major racial or ethnic groups. And that gap exists in most states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 29 percent of Hispanics and 24 percents of whites are obese. The data comes from national telephone surveys of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
These are the CDC's first state-by-state obesity rates broken down by race. CDC officials think economic and social differences conspire to drive up rates in some groups.