The fattest state of the union

January 2, 2008
by Fergus Walsh
BBC News

If you want to look at obesity trends, then the US is the place to visit. Because apart from a few Pacific islands, the US is the world leader in obesity. It has the most obese population in the developed world, and the rate of increase is alarming. Three in 10 (30.6%) of adults in Mississippi are obese, more than in any other state. The figures come from an annual survey by the Trust for America's Health.

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