Michigan again was named the 10th most obese state nationwide on Thursday, while Ohio kept its No. 13 ranking for another year, according to an annual report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Percentage of obese adults in all 50 states:
West Virginia 32.2
South Carolina 30.9
North Carolina 29.4
South Dakota 28.7
North Dakota 28.0
New Hampshire 25.6
New Mexico 25.6
New York 24.7
Rhode Island 24.3
New Jersey 24.1
District of Columbia 21.7
By The Associated Press
Michigan had an average 30.5 percent adult obesity rate from 2007 to 2009, while Ohio’s was 29.6 percent. But Ohio is the 15th fastest growing state for adult obesity rates when compared to 1995, while Michigan — which started out with a higher rate than Ohio 16 years ago — is the 17th fastest, the report said.
Both states are among 43 states with an obesity rate higher than 24 percent, which is more than any state had in 2000, according to the report. Obesity is measured by a person’s body mass index, a calculation using weight and height to determine body fat.
Mississippi had the highest adult obesity rate at 34.4 percent, followed by Alabama at 32.2 percent and West Virginia at 32.2 percent. Oklahoma had the fastest rate of obesity in the last 15 years, followed by Alabama and Tennessee, according to the eighth annual report, which included that comparison for the first time.
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