Missouri obesity rates among country's highest

Missouri obesity rates among country's highest

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390301 05: People enjoy themselves June 7, 2001 on the beach in Hollywood, Florida as a new study released Wednesday says obese adults have more chronic health problems than smokers, heavy drinkers or the poor. The report, published in the latest issue of the British journal, "Public Health," by the RAND institute in Santa Monica found that obese people have on average nearly twice the chronic health troubles of people of normal weight. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 10:53 PM

ST. LOUIS -- Missouri is among 12 states cited in a new government survey with very high obesity rates.
  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures Monday showing that Missouri is among a dozen states with obesity rates of at least 30 percent. The CDC says 30.3 percent of Missourian's are obese.
  
Overall, more than a third of adults are obese. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.
  
In addition to Missouri, other states with very high rates include Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
  
Colorado was lowest, at just under 21 percent, and Mississippi was highest at nearly 36 percent.

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