Arkansas Third Most Obese State

Nine U.S. states had adult obesity rates above 35 percent in 2018, up from seven states at that level in 2017, an historic level of obesity in the U.S., according to the 16th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report released by the Trust for America’s Health.

Obesity rates vary considerably between states with Mississippi and West Virginia having the highest level of adult obesity in the nation at 39.5 percent and Colorado having the lowest rate at 23.0 percent.

For the first time, adult obesity rates were above 35 percent in nine states in 2018: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Arkansas moved back up to No. 3 in the country in the percentage of adults considered obese last year as the rate reached a state record of 37.1%.

That rate was about 2 percentage points higher than the 35% of adult Arkansans in 2017 who were considered obese, based on their reported height and weight.

Although the rise wasn’t considered statistically significant, it was enough to move the state up in the rankings from No. 7.    MORE

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