Report: U.S. obesity in ongoing rise

July 7, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Adult obesity rates increased in 16 U.S. states in the past year and did not decline in any state, a report indicates.

The report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust For America's Health found 12 states now have obesity rates in excess of 30 percent whereas four years ago only one state had more than 30 percent.

Twenty years ago no state had an obesity rate more than 15 percent while today 38 states have obesity rates exceeding 25 percent, and only one has a rate of less than 20 percent, a TFAH release said Thursday.

Since 1995, the report said, obesity rates have doubled in seven states and increased by at least 90 percent in 10 others.

Obesity rates have grown fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama and Tennessee, and slowest in the District of Columbia, Colorado and Connecticut, the report said.

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