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Obesity Rates In The US Rising – Complete List By State – Rankings For Overweight And Obese Adults And Children

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Obesity Rates In The US Rising – Complete List By State – Rankings For Overweight And Obese Adults And Children

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(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:

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Complete List of State Obesity
Rankings for 2007

Rank Adults Youth
1 Mississippi Utah / District of Columbia
2 West Virginia West Virginia
3 Alabama Kentucky
4 Louisiana Tennessee
5 South Carolina / Tennessee North Carolina
6   Texas
7 Kentucky South Carolina
8 Arkansas Mississippi
9 Indiana / Michigan / Oklahoma Louisiana
10   New Mexico
11   Alabama
12 Missouri / Texas Georgia / Arkansas
13    
14 Georgia Illinois
15 Ohio Indiana / Missouri
16 Alaska  
17 North Carolina Oklahoma
18 Nebraska New York
19 North Dakota Delaware
20 Iowa / South Dakota Michigan
21   Florida
22 Wisconsin Ohio
23 Pennsylvania / Virginia Oregon
24   Kansas
25 Illinois / Maryland Virginia
26   New Jersey
27 Kansas Massachusetts
28 Minnesota Wisconsin
29 Delaware Hawaii / Maryland / Pennsylvania
30 Oregon  
31 Idaho / Washington  
32   California
33 Maine New Hampshire
34 Florida Maine
35 Wyoming Iowa
36 California Nevada
37 Nevada Connecticut
38 New Hampshire / New York Arizona
39   North Dakota / South Dakota
40 New Jersey / District of Columbia  
41   Nebraska / Rhode Island
42 New Mexico  
43 Arizona Vermont
44 Utah Alaska / Montana
45 Montana  
46 Rhode Island Washington
47 Connecticut / Hawaii Idaho / Minnesota
48 Vermont  
49 Massachusetts Colorado
50 Colorado Wyoming

By Jeffrey Workman
Best Syndication News Health Writer

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