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Most States Fail to Address Obesity continued...

Points were awarded to the state if such legislation was introduced, but successfully passing a law was necessary to receive an "A" in each category.

The study showed Arkansas, which ranks 15th in the nation in terms of obesity prevalence, leads the country in passing laws to control the obesity epidemic and received a "B." Ten states received a "C," 16 got a "D," and 23 received an "F" for taking no action at all.

Researchers say some of the states with the most serious obesity problems received a failing grade and have taken no steps to address the obesity epidemic.

State Efforts to Control Obesity*:

A

No state received an A.

B

AR(15)

C

CA(18), HI(35), IL(21), IN(5), LA(8), MD(25), MS(1), RI(36), TN(9), TX(6)

D

CO(39), CT(36), FL(32), ID(23), KS(17), KY(4), ME(29), MO(10), MT(33), NM(31), NV(28), NY(26), OR(19), SC(15), VA(23), VT(37)

F

AK(17), AL(7), AZ(34), DE(23), GA(12), IA(14), MA(38), MI(3), MN(27), NC(11), ND(24), NE(22), NH(29), NJ(29), OH(14), OK(19), PA(16), SD(20), UT(32), WA(30), WI(13), WV(2), WY(27)

*Numbers in parentheses show state's rank by obesity prevalence. (Mississippi ranks first with the country's highest obesity rate, followed by West Virginia and Michigan. Colorado has the lowest obesity rate, ranking 39th).

Researchers also graded states on their efforts to control childhood obesity. Connecticut joined Arkansas as the only states to receive a "B," but the majority of states received a "D" or an "F" for their efforts in this category.

State Efforts to Control Childhood Obesity:

A

No state received an A.

B

AR, CT

C

CA, HI, IN, MD, MS, MT, RI, TX, WA

D

AK, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, KY, LA, ME, MA, MN, MO, NH, NY, NC, ND, OK, SC, SD, VT

F

AL, AZ, IA, KS, MI, NE, NV, NJ, NM, OH, OR, PA, TN, UT, VA, WV, WI, WY

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