America's Ever-Expanding Waistline: Mapping Obesity Gains Across The States
October 5, 2015
by BEN SCHILLER
The figures come from a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health. And it doesn't offer a lot of good news. Obesity, defined as having a Body Mass Index of at least 30, among adults is still going up and up. Three states—Arkansas, West Virginia, and Mississippi—now have rates above 35% of population, while 22 states have rates above 30%. In total, 35% of American adults are obese, while a shocking 67% are obese or overweight (BMI of at least 25).
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