Over 20 percent of American adults are obese
Jason Sanders | August 20, 2008 at 09:41 amby
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More than 20 percent of adults are obese — 30 pounds or more overweight — in every state except Colorado.
Mississippi is followed by West Virginia with a 30.6 percent obesity rate, Alabama with 30.1 percent, Louisiana with 29.5 percent and South Carolina with 29.2 percent. Michigan, which comes in at No. 10, is the only state to crack the Top 10 that is not in the South.
This problem will continue to worsen as 23 million children are now considered overweight or obese. These increasing obesity rates will only contribute to more diseases and heart problems.
Diseases associated with obesity, like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, are also on the rise. Rates of type 2 diabetes increased in 26 states last year.
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