The fattest states in America

September 5, 2014
by Quentin Fottrell

Adult obesity is on the rise, and more so in some parts of the U.S. than others.

The rate of obesity among American adults rose in six states last year — Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming — according to new report released by Trust for America’s Health, a Washington, D.C. health policy group, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public health. For the first time, the obesity rate rose above 35% of the population in two states – Mississippi and West Virginia, which tied at 35.1%. Colorado had the lowest rate of obesity at 21.3%, followed by Hawaii (21.8%), D.C. (22.9%) and Massachusetts (23.6%).

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