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America’s Most Obese States – 24/7 Wall St.

August 21, 2012

Last week, Gallup released its own obesity survey, which breaks down weight into more classes according to body mass index (BMI) categories. BMI is a calculation that takes into account a person’s height and weight. Overweight adults have a BMI of 25 to 29.99, and obese adults have a BMI of 30 or higher. The Gallup study, which was conducted over the first half of 2012, provides figures for the rate of obesity and overweight adults. Of the 11 states on our list, nine are in the top one-third with the highest combined overweight/obesity rate, including West Virginia, where nearly 70% adults fall into one of those two categories.

24/7 Wall St. examined the recent study released by the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to identify the 11 states which had the highest proportion of self-reported obesity among adult. 24/7 Wall St. also reviewed CDC data on obesity rates by state in 1996, as well as stroke prevalence by state in 2010. We relied on The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s statehealthfacts.org for a variety of data related to health at the state level, including 2010 smoking, diabetes , medicare and life expectancy statistics. The Census Bureau provided information on median income by state, also for 2010. Gallup’s obesity poll, conducted for the first six months of 2012, looked at the percentage of adults that ar

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