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Obesity Rates Flat, Except for Arkansas

August 16, 2013
by Liz Neporent
ABC News/Good Morning America

After decades of bad news on the obesity front, a new report finally seems to offer a glimmer of hope.

"F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013" revealed that for the first time in 30 years, the nation's obesity rate held steady in every state but Arkansas. The annual report was published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with Trust for America's Health.

While this was the first time U.S. obesity rates stayed flat, previous reports gave hints that the epidemic might be slowing down. In 2005, every state but Colorado experienced an increase in obesity rates. In 2008, rates increased in 37 states. In 2010, rates increased in 28 states. By 2011, rates increased in 16 states.

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