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A recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control says that 12 states now have adult obesity rates of 30 percent or higher. Seven of those states are in the South. The CDC data are from the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, a 2010 phone survey of 400,000 US adults. Obesity is defined as a body mass index of 30 or more.
The state with the highest percentage of obese adults is Mississippi, at 34 percent. Colorado is the lowest, at 21 percent. Regionally, the South has the highest percentage of obese adults, at 29.4 percent; followed by the Midwest at 28.7 percent; the Northeast at 24.9 percent; and the West at 24.1 percent.
In 2000, no state reported an obesity rate above 25 percent. The 2010 results show that 35 states now have obesity rates above that figure. Results from the phone survey may actually not reveal the true extent of obesity because respondents tend to under-report their true weight.
Concern over obesity centers on its ill effects on the body, including the increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Adult Obesity Percentages by State:
West Virginia 32.5
South Carolina 31.5
North Carolina 27.8
South Dakota 27.3
North Dakota 27.2
Rhode Island 25.5
New Mexico 25.1
New Hampshire 25
New York 23.9
New Jersey 23.8
District of Columbia 22.2
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