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Mississippi Tops Latest Obesity Rankings

July 7, 2011
by Peter Fullham
Slate

America’s obesity epidemic continues to worsen.

According to a new study from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity rates have risen dramatically in every state over the past two decades.

The health concerns are greatest in the South, which is home to nine out of the ten most obese states. Mississippi ranked as the fattest state in the country, with an adult rate of 34.4 percent.

Colorado was the slimmest state, with an adult obesity rate of 19.8 percent. While the lowest today, that percentage would have ranked as the highest in 1995.

 

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