(HealthDay News) — More than 20 states have obesity rates topping one-third of their population, and six states saw a rise in obesity rates last year, according to two new reports.
One report from the CDC based on nationwide self-reporting of height and weight in 2013, indicates that obesity rates range from a high of 35% in Mississippi and West Virginia to a low of 21.3% in Colorado. Only seven states — California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, Utah and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia — have fewer than one-quarter of adult residents who are obese.
The 20 states with obesity rates of 30% or more are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
The South and the Midwest had the highest prevalence of obesity at just over 30%. The Northeast had obesity rates of 26.5% and the West weighed in at just under 25%.
The State of Obesity report from the Trust for america’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed that adult obesity rates inched up last year in six states — Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming — and didn’t come down in any.
Although the rate of increases is beginning to slow after decades of growth, “rates remain far too high,” the researchers added in a news release.