Virginia among 12 states with high adult obesity rates

Virginia among 12 states with high adult obesity rates

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A new government survey shows 12 states now have very high obesity rates.

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Posted on August 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

ATLANTA (AP) -- A new government survey shows 12 states, including Virginia, now have very high obesity rates.

 

Overall, more than a third of adults are obese but rates vary by state. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

State rates remained about the same although states with very high rates went from nine to 12. At least 30 percent of adults are obese in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

Colorado was lowest, at just under 21 percent, and Mississippi was highest at nearly 36 percent.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Monday.

AP-WF-08-13-12 1605GMT

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