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U.S. Obesity Rates Continue to Climb

In the July–August issue of IDEA Fitness Journal, we listed the top five most fit and active states in the nation. This month we present another list—from the other end of the spectrum. This list comes from the eighth annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 report and is developed by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to the report, 16 states saw a significant increase in obesity rates; 12 states have adult obesity rates over 30%. Here are the states with the highest obesity rates and the respective percentages of adult obesity:

  1. Mississippi, 34.4%
  2. Alabama, 32.3%
  3. West Virginia, 32.2%
  4. Tennessee, 31.9%
  5. Louisiana, 31.9%

Want to see where your state landed on this list? Read the full report at http://healthyamericans.org/report/88/.

Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson is an award-winning writer and editor. He is a long-time author and presenter for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, fitness industry consultant and former director of group training for Bird Rock Fit. He is also a Master Trainer for TriggerPoint.

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