(Best Syndication) Despite public health efforts to help Americans lose weight, the obesity rate rose in 31 states last year, according to the “Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America” report by Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a non-profit health information organization. For 21 of the states, it was the second year in a row that the obesity rate increased, and none of the states saw a decline.
Topping the list for the third straight year was Mississippi. This year their rate topped 30 percent (30.6 %). Most of the southern states had the worst rate of obesity while Colorado had the lowest rate of 17.6 percent. The south accounted for 10 of the 15 worst obesity rates.
Out of all 50 states, California ranked 36th (32nd in overweight youths). Compared to the other states, the obesity rate for kids was worse than for adults in California. New York fared better for adults but even worse for kids, according to the report. New York ranked 38th but the youth ranked 18th.
Texas was worse than either California or New York, ranking 12th for adults and in 6th place for their youth. Remember, the lower the number the fatter the state was. Governor Bill Richardson’s state next door ranked 42nd for adults and 10th for youths.
Florida ranked 34th for adults and 21st in youth.
Best Syndication Compiled a List of all 50 States and the District of Columbia. The most overweight states ranked lower while the leaner states ranked higher. There were some ties between states. Here is the complete list:
Complete List of State Obesity
|1||Mississippi||Utah / District of Columbia|
|2||West Virginia||West Virginia|
|5||South Carolina / Tennessee||North Carolina|
|9||Indiana / Michigan / Oklahoma||Louisiana|
|12||Missouri / Texas||Georgia / Arkansas|
|15||Ohio||Indiana / Missouri|
|20||Iowa / South Dakota||Michigan|
|23||Pennsylvania / Virginia||Oregon|
|25||Illinois / Maryland||Virginia|
|29||Delaware||Hawaii / Maryland / Pennsylvania|
|31||Idaho / Washington|
|38||New Hampshire / New York||Arizona|
|39||North Dakota / South Dakota|
|40||New Jersey / District of Columbia|
|41||Nebraska / Rhode Island|
|44||Utah||Alaska / Montana|
|47||Connecticut / Hawaii||Idaho / Minnesota|
By Jeffrey Workman
Best Syndication News Health Writer