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Missouri Isn't the Fattest State in the Country, but We're Still Pretty Damn Fat

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Take a bow, Mississippi -- that is, if you're able to. A new report out today shows that the Magnolia State is still America's King of Fat. That makes it five straight years that Mississippi has been the nation's heavyweight champ, with the highest rate of adult obesity in all the land, according to a study conducted by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Some 32.5 percent of Mississippi's grown-ups are obese. The other three states with adult obesity rates exceeding 30 percent are Alabama (31.2 percent), West Virginia (31.1 percent) and Tennessee (30.2 percent).

We're anything but bantamweights in Missouri, however. The report shows that our adults clock in at a rate of 28.1 percent. Click here for a state-by-state look at adult obesity. Note that Colorado adults are the least obese (18.2 percent), followed by Massachusetts (21.2 percent) and Connecticut (21.3 percent). Not a single state showed any signs of getting skinnier.

Obesity for adults is defined as having a body mass index above 30.


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