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Report: Ohio ranks 13th in adult obesity

2:51 PM, Jun 29, 2010   |    comments
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The good news? Ohio has fallen out of the top ten among the U.S.'s fattest states.

The report shows 29 percent of Ohio adults are obese, the 13th highest obesity rate in the nation.

Ohio's ranking has slipped from Number 10 last year, even though obesity increased slightly in the state.

You can also find the state-by-state rankings of adult and childhood obesity in the United States.

State-by-state rankings

The seventh annual report focuses on racial, ethnic, regional and income disparities in the nation's obesity epidemic.

Major trends found in the report: obesity rates in the South remained the highest in the nation.

Ten out of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity were in the South, with Mississippi weighing in with the highest rates for the seventh year in a row.

Northeastern and Western states had the lowest rates; Colorado remained the lowest at 19.1 percent.

In addition, adult obesity rates for blacks and Latinos were higher than for whites in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia.

The report also included a new poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and American Viewpoint showing that 80 percent of Americans now recognize that childhood obesity is a significant and growing challenge for the country and, 50 percent of Americans believe that childhood obesity is such an important issue that we need to invest more to prevent it immediately.

The survey also found that 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight, but research shows nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight.

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