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Friday, August 26, 2011

In U.S., Obesity Rises in State With Highest Obesity Rate

More than 34% of West Virginia residents are obese according to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data from January though June 2011. This is up from 33.5% in 2010 and is the highest Gallup has measured for any state since it began tracking obesity rates in 2008.

Colorado continues to boast the lowest obesity rate in the country, at 20.1%. This is unchanged from 2010, but up from 19.5% in 2009 and 18.2% in 2008. There is now no state in the nation that has an obesity rate lower than 20%.

In the U.S. overall, 26.3% are obese so far in 2011, which is about on par with the 26.6% who were obese in 2010, but remains higher than 25.5% in 2008.

This is a map of how obesity rates break out across the country:

Read the full article to find out your state's obesity rate.

Gallup and Healthways track obesity daily in the United States and will report full-year results for 2011 in early 2012.


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