Mississippi remains the most obese state in the nation, a new study from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows.
Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, and 12 states, including Mississippi, now have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.
Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent, according to the study.
“Today, the state with the lowest adult obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” said Dr. Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health. “There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last 20 years, and we can’t afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding health care spending.”
Mississippi had the highest obesity rate (34.4 percent) for the sixth year in a row, followed by Alabama (32.3 percent), West Virginia (32.2 percent), Tennessee (31.9 percent) and Louisiana (31.6 percent).
Colorado was again the nation’s leanest state with a 19.8 percent obesity rating, followed by the District of Columbia (21.7 percent), Connecticut (21.8 percent), Massachusetts (22.3 percent) and Hawaii (23.1 percent).
Check out the report here.