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Obesity Report Card: Many States Failing

Nearly Half of All States Fail in Efforts to Control 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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