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Arkansas has third-highest obesity rate among U.S. adults

By Staff and wire reports

This article was published August 31, 2017 at 9:59 a.m.



A report released by two nonprofit groups shows West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity among adults in the nation, and Arkansas isn't far behind.

The report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found West Virginia had an obesity rate of 37.7 percent. Mississippi was second at 37.3 percent and Alabama and Arkansas were tied for third at 35.7 percent.

The report says the adult obesity rate increased between 2015 and 2016 in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington and West Virginia, fell in Kansas and remained stable elsewhere.

The report noted that 25 states had rates above 30 percent, compared to just a dozen states in 2010.

Colorado has the lowest rate at 22.3 percent.

According to the report's methodology, it ranked states based on data it analyzed from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That data was obtained through a phone survey of a random sample of adults in all 50 states, the report said, noting the participants' body mass indexes were "calculated by dividing self-reported weight in kilograms by the square of self-reported height in meters." The information was then used to estimate the percentage of a state that is obese.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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JakeTidmore says... August 31, 2017 at 10:14 a.m.

Someone once wrote that FATE was just FAT with an E. This article made me think of that. Coincidence??

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TravisBickle says... August 31, 2017 at 11:53 a.m.

As we like to say in Arkansas, Thank Gawd for Mississippi!!

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PopulistMom says... August 31, 2017 at 12:27 p.m.

It's literally a huge problem in America, and politicians will not address it. Sugar, white bread, and fried potatoes are evil. Exercise cures most of what ails you. Now I'm going to get my rear out of the chair and go work out.

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KingCoyote says... August 31, 2017 at 12:28 p.m.

When everything is deep fat fried what do you expect?

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Delta2 says... August 31, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

Who said Arkansas can't hang with Bama?

The only explanation for Colorado is that some of the Kansans must have crossed the state line.

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dunk7474 says... August 31, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.

If Walmart and Crystal Bridges paid a decent hourly wage, we would move up six states. But the Walton family is proud of the fact they contribute money for THEIR causes off the backs of their workers.

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TravisBickle says... November 17, 2017 at 10:03 a.m.

Poor and fat must go together.

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TravisBickle says... November 17, 2017 at 10:04 a.m.

I forgot to add dumb!

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Delta123 says... November 17, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.

This just in............Walmart and Crystal Bridges cause obesity in Arkansans. Not junk food, fried food, fast food, sugary drinks or lack of exercise. The world's largest corporation and an art museum caused it. Who knew?

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