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Study: R.I. 4th-lowest in obese adults

July 1, 2009
by Ted Nesi
Providence Business News

PROVIDENCE - Despite their love of Del's Lemonade and hot wieners, adult Rhode Islanders are one of the least obese state populations in the nation, according to a new study.

Rhode Island has the fourth-lowest rate of adult obesity in the nation, with 21.7 percent of adult residents classified as obese by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the new report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009," by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report said the rate of obese adults stayed steady over the past year. Nationwide, adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in any of them.

Mississippi topped the list for the fifth year, with 32.5 percent of adult residents classified as obese. Colorado had the lowest rate at 18.9 percent, the only state with an adult obese rate below 20 percent. Massachusetts was second at 21.2 percent.

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