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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 23/30, 2018

Obesity Rates Increasing

JAMA. 2018;320(16):1632. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.15094

Seven states now have self-reported obesity rates topping 35%, according to new data from the CDC. By comparison all states had obesity rates lower than 35% in 2012.

According to data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia all had obesity rates of more than 35% in 2017. Colorado (22.6%), District of Columbia (23%), and Hawaii (23.8%) had the lowest rates of obesity in the country.