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Ranks of Obese Adults Grew in All States from 1995-2005, Says CDC
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Sept. 14, 2006 -- Mississippi has America's highest percentage of obese adults and Colorado has the lowest percentage, says the CDC.

The CDC reports that six in 10 U.S. adults are overweight or obese, including nearly a quarter who are obese.

Those figures appear in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The statistics are based on more than 333,000 adults aged 18 and older who reported their height and weight in a 2005 survey conducted via telephone.

The percentage of obese adults ranged from 17.4% to 30.3% among states in 2005. Curious about how your state ranks? Read on.

State-by-State List

Here is the CDC's list of adult obesityobesity prevalence, from highest to lowest, for each state and Washington, D.C. Ties are listed in alphabetical order.

1. Mississippi: 30.3%
2. West Virginia: 30.1%
3. Louisiana: 30%
4. South Carolina: 28.5%
5. Alabama: 28.1%
6. Kentucky: 27.9%
7. Arkansas: 27.2%
8. Alaska: 26.9%
9. Tennessee: 26.7%
10. Indiana: 26.4%
11. Texas: 26.3%
12. Missouri: 26.2%
13. Oklahoma: 26.1%
14. Georgia: 25.9%
15. Michigan: 25.5%
16. North Carolina: 25.4%
17. Nebraska: 25.1%
18. South Dakota: 24.9%
19. Iowa: 24.7%
19. North Dakota: 24.7%
20. Pennsylvania: 24.6%
21. Virginia: 24.5%
22. Illinois: 24.3%
23. Ohio: 23.9%
23. Wisconsin: 23.9%
24. Idaho: 23.8%
24. Maryland: 23.8%
25. Wyoming: 23.5%
26. Kansas: 23.4%
27. Oregon: 23.1%
28. Minnesota: 22.9%
29. Delaware: 22.8%
30. Washington: 22.7%
31. Florida: 22.3%
31. Maine: 22.3%
31. New Hampshire: 22.3%
32. California: 22%
33. New York: 21.6%
34. New Jersey: 21.5%
35. New Mexico: 21.2%
36. Washington, D.C.: 21.1%
37. Arizona: 20.9%
38. Utah: 20.8%
39. Nevada: 20.7%
40. Montana: 20.6%
41. Rhode Island: 20.5%
42. Massachusetts: 20.1%
43. Vermont: 19.8%
44. Connecticut: 19.3%
45. Hawaii: 19.1%
46. Colorado: 17.4%

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