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NewsBites September 2011 Issue

16 States Get Fatter, None Slimmer

America, there’s even more of us to love—with dire consequences for the nation’s health. The eighth annual “F As in Fat” report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says that in the past year, obesity rates rose in 16 states and fell in none. Led by Mississippi at 34.4%, 12 states now have obesity rates of 30% or more, according to the report; as recently as four years ago, only one state topped the 30% mark. Unlike Americans’ waistlines, the number of states where fewer than a quarter of adults are obese continues to shrink, down from 19 states three years ago to 11 states and DC today. Only Colorado, at 19%, remains below a 20% obesity rate. This was the first “F As in Fat” report to examine how the obesity epidemic has grown over the past two decades. Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, noted, “Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995. There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last 20 years.”

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