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State Obesity Rates: Numbers Get Worse

Mississippi Most Obese State in Annual "F as in Fat" Report

State-by-State Obesity Rankings

These are the states with the highest percentage of obese adults:

1. Mississippi, 30.6% obese (last year's rank: 1)
2. West Virginia, 29.8% obese (last year's rank: 3)
3. Alabama, 29.4% obese (last year's rank: 2)
4. Louisiana, 28.2% obese (last year's rank: 4)
5. (tie for 5th) South Carolina, 27.8% obese (last year's rank: tied for 8th)
5. (tie for 5th) Tennessee, 27.8% obese (last year's rank: 6)
7. Kentucky, 27.5% obese (last year's rank: 5)
8. Arkansas, 27.0% obese (last year's rank: 7)
9. (tie for 9th) Indiana, 26.8% obese (last year's rank: tied for 8th)
9. (tie for 9th) Michigan, 26.8% obese (last year's rank: 11)
9. (tie for 9th) Oklahoma, 26.8% obese (last year's rank: 13)

12. (tie for 12th) Missouri, 26.3% obese (last year's rank: 14)
12. (tie for 12th) Texas, 26.3% obese (last year's rank: 10)
14. Georgia, 26.1% obese (last year's rank: 12)
15. Ohio, 26.0% obese (last year's rank: 15)

For the first time, the report lists the states (including the District of Columbia) with the highest percentage of obese children aged 10-17:

1. District of Columbia, 22.8% of children/teens obese
2. West Virginia, 20.9% of children/teens obese
3. Kentucky, 20.6% of children/teens obese
4. Tennessee, 20.0% of children/teens obese
5. North Carolina, 19.3% of children/teens obese
6. Texas, 19.1% of children/teens obese
7. South Carolina, 18.9% of children/teens obese
8. Mississippi, 17.8% of children/teens obese
9. Louisiana, 17.2% of children/teens obese
10. New Mexico, 16.8% of children/teens obese

Complete State List

This is the complete state list for adult obesity:

Alabama 29.4% obese, rank: 3
Alaska 25.8% obese, rank: 16
Arizona 21.7% obese, rank: 43
Arkansas 27.0% obese, rank: 8
California 22.7% obese, rank: 36
Colorado 17.6% obese, rank: 51
Connecticut 20.1% obese, rank: 47
Delaware 23.6% obese, rank: 29
D.C. 22.2% obese, rank: 40
Florida 22.9% obese, rank: 34
Georgia 26.1% obese, rank: 14
Hawaii 20.1% obese, rank: 47
Idaho 23.2% obese, rank: 31
Illinois 24.4% obese, rank: 25
Indiana 26.8% obese, rank: 9
Iowa 24.9% obese, rank: 20
Kansas 24.3% obese, rank: 27
Kentucky 27.5% obese, rank: 7
Louisiana 28.2% obese, rank: 4
Maine 23.0% obese, rank: 33
Maryland 24.4% obese, rank: 25
Massachusetts 19.8% obese, rank: 50
Michigan 26.8% obese, rank: 9
Minnesota 23.7% obese, rank: 28
Mississippi 30.6% obese, rank: 1
Missouri 26.3% obese, rank: 12
Montana 20.7% obese, rank: 45
Nebraska 25.4% obese, rank: 18
Nevada 22.5% obese, rank: 37
New Hampshire 22.4% obese, rank: 38
New Jersey 22.2% obese, rank: 40
New Mexico 22.0% obese, rank: 42
New York 22.4% obese, rank: 38
North Carolina 25.6% obese, rank: 17
North Dakota 25.1% obese, rank: 19
Ohio 26.0% obese, rank: 15
Oklahoma 26.8% obese, rank: 9
Oregon 23.3% obese, rank: 30
Pennsylvania 24.5% obese, rank: 23
Rhode Island 20.5% obese, rank: 46
South Carolina 27.8% obese, rank: 5
South Dakota 24.9% obese, rank: 20
Tennessee 27.8% obese, rank: 5
Texas 26.3% obese, rank: 12
Utah 21.1% obese, rank: 44
Vermont 20.0% obese, rank: 49
Virginia 24.5% obese, rank: 23
Washington 23.2% obese, rank: 31
West Virginia 29.8% obese, rank: 2
Wisconsin 24.8% obese, rank: 22
Wyoming 22.8% obese, rank: 35

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