Top Ten Obese States

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National Rate: 35.7%
Pennsylvania: 28.6% (#15)

State Percent of Obese Adults
1) Mississippi 34.0%
2) West Virginia 32.5%
3) Alabama 32.2%
4) South Carolina 31.5%
5) Kentucky 31.3%
6) Louisiana 31.0%
6) Texas 31.0%
7) Michigan 30.9%
8) Tennessee 30.8%
9) Missouri 30.5%
10) Oklahoma 30.4%


For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.

• An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.

• An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

Source: Center for Disease Control & Prevention (2010), Defining Obseity

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