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Obesity Across the States

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Obesity Across the States

What share of the adult population is obese?.

After three decades of weight gains, adult obesity rates remained flat in the last year in every state except Arkansas. Louisiana and Mississippi had the highest obesity rates—more than 34 percent of the adult population in both states was obese—while Colorado had the lowest rate at just over 20 percent. The report, titled “F As In Fat,” found the poorer and less educated the population, the higher the rate of obesity.

From Stateline, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.

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Michael Ollove