Obesity by State

(NBC) The 12th annual “State of Obesity” report shows that there are larger regional and racial differences when it comes to obesity in America.

Obesity is major threat to the health of America and our children, but there are areas where it is significantly more problematic than others. The obesity rates range from a high of nearly 36 percent in Arkansas to a low of 21.3 percent in Colorado.

23 of the 25 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South and Midwest, southern states also have high prevalence of type 2 diabetes.

When it comes to racial makeup of obese people, there are at least 30 percent in 42 states for African Americans, 30 states for Latinos and only 13 for Whites.

Georgia is in the top 20 for obesity by state and South Carolina rounds out the top 10.

To find out where other states fall on the list click here.

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