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8/20/08

How Texans Rate in Latest Obesity Study

How fat is Texas?  The numbers are out that compare the obesity rates in every state.  According to the Robert Wood Johnson Report, the obesity rate jumped in 37 states this past year.  Mississippi has the highest obesity level with nearly 32% of its population with West Virginia and Alabama not far behind.  The lowest levels are in Colorado, Hawaii, and Connecticut.

So how does Texas fill its jeans?  We are number 15 from the top in terms of fat with 27% of Texans being obese.

Here are the rankings:

1. Mississippi (31.7%)

2.  West Virginia (30.6%)

3.  Alabama (30.1%)

4.  Louisiana (29.5%)

5.  South Carolina (29.2%)

6.  Tennessee (29%)

7.  Kentucky (28.4%)

8.  (Tie) Arkansas (28.1%) and Oklahoma (28.1%)

10. Michigan (27.7%)

11.  (Tie) Georgia (27.5%) and Indiana (27.5%)

13. Missouri (27.4%)

14. Alaska (27.3%)

15. Texas (27.2%)

16. North Carolina (27.1%)

17. Ohio (26.9%)

18. Nebraska (26.5%)

19. Iowa (26.3%)

20. South Dakota (26.1%)

21. (Tie) Delaware (25.9%) and North Dakota (25.9%)

23. Kansas (25.8%)

24. Pennsylvania (25.7%)

25. Wisconsin (25.5%)

26. Illinois (25.3%)

27. (Tie) Maryland (25.2%) and Virginia (25.2%)

29. Oregon (25%)

30. Minnesota (24.8%)

31. Idaho (24.6%)

32. Washington (24.5%)

33. Wyoming (24%)

34. Maine (23.7%)

35. (Tie) Nevada (23.6%) and New Hampshire (23.6%)

37. New York (23.5%)

38. (Tie) Arizona (23.3%) and Florida (23.3%) and New Mexico (23.3%)

41. California (23.1%)

42. New Jersey (22.9%)

43. Washington, D.C. (22.1%)

44. Utah (21.8%)

45. Montana (21.7%)

46. Rhode Island (21.4%)

47. Vermont* (21.1%)

48. Massachusetts (20.9%)

49. Connecticut (20.8%)

50. Hawaii (20.7%)

51. Colorado (18.4%)

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