Most and Least Obese U.S. States

New report ranks U.S. states according to obesity rates.

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New, state-by-state obesity stats were released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following lists, derived from an analysis of the report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, show the most and least obese states. (Parentheses indicate the percentage of the population considered obese.)

How does your state stack up?

Most Obese:

Most Obese U.S. States
State % Obese
1. Mississippi 34.9%
2. Louisiana 33.4%
3. West Virginia 32.4%
4. Alabama 32.0%
5. Michigan 31.3%
6. Oklahoma 31.1%
7. Arkansas 30.9%
8. Indiana 30.8%
8. South Carolina 30.8%
10. Kentucky 30.4%
10. Texas 30.4%
Source: Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

[See Obesity in America: 10 Fattest Cities.]

Least Obese:

Least Obese U.S. States
State % Obese
1. Colorado 20.7%
2. Hawaii 21.8%
3. Massachussetts 22.7%
4. New Jersey 23.7%
4. Washington, D.C. 23.7%
6. California 23.8%
7. Utah 24.4%
8. New York 24.5%
8. Nevada 24.5%
8. Connecticut 24.5%
Source: Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

[See Obesity Facts: America's Least Obese Cities.]