The Good and Bad News About Obesity: Itís No Longer Rising, But Itís More Dangerous Than Ever

August 16, 2013
by Alexandra Sifferlin
TIME Magazine

Obesity is more deadly than previously thought, but a nationwide survey shows that after rising for decades, rates have not increased for the first time in 30 years.

In the latest “F as in Fat” report, released annually by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, only one state, Arkansas, showed an increase in obesity rates while other states managed to keep their rates stable compared to the previous year. All of the 20 states with the highest obesity levels are located in the South or Midwest, with the exception of Pennsylvania. And for the first time in eight years, Mississippi is no longer the state with the highest adult obesity rate — Louisiana now holds that position with 34.7% of adults weighing in with a body mass index (BMI) above 30.

Once again, Colorado tops the list at the other end — as the state with the lowest obesity rate with 20.5% of its residents considered obese.

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