News

12 States Now Have High Obesity; Texas No. 10

View Comments
File photo of an obese person being weighed at a doctor's office. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of an obese person being weighed at a doctor’s office. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CBS Houston (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSHoustonTX.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSHoustonTX.com/Health

Featured Items

77820352_8Hot Cheerleader - Funny Faces 2014

Small-WttJersey Ads Are Coming

Small-WttWatch: Are You Smarter Than A 6-10?

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_815 Things Men Think About During Sex

77820352_8 Renee Zellweger Releases Statement About 'New Face' Rumors

listicle 3 12 States Now Have High Obesity; Texas No. 104 Things You Should Be Doing To Make Your Day Better

77820352_8Top 10 Horror Films

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

ATLANTA (AP) — A new government survey shows 12 states now have very high obesity rates.

Overall, more than a third of adults are obese but rates vary by state. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

State rates remained about the same although states with very high rates went from nine to 12.

Texas tied with Kentucky, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 30.4-percent of the population in both states is obese.

At least 30 percent of adults are also obese in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Colorado was lowest, at just under 21 percent, and Mississippi was highest at nearly 36 percent.

The CDC released the figures Monday.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 25,196 other followers