Feature Article - November 2006
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An Exercise In Creativity

Fitness programs that lead the pack

By Stacy St. Clair



State of the States

A recent study by the Trust for America's Health found that obesity rates jumped in 31 states last year.

In nationwide rankings, Mississippi was the heaviest state with an adult obesity rate of 29.5 percent, followed by Alabama and West Virginia. Colorado was the least heavy with an overall obesity rate of 16.9 percent. Obesity rates remained the same in 16 states and Washington, D.C.

Unfortunately, all states failed to meet the national goal of reducing adult obesity levels to 15 percent by 2010.

Here's a state-by-state ranking, from highest obesity rates to lowest, so you can see how much work lies ahead.

1. Mississippi*
2. Alabama
3. West Virginia
4. Louisiana*
5. Kentucky*
6. Tennessee
7. Arkansas*
8. Indiana*
8. South Carolina*
10. Texas
11. Michigan
12. Georgia*
13. Oklahoma*
14. Missouri*
15. Ohio*
15. Alaska
17. North Carolina*
18. North Dakota
19. Pennsylvania*
20. Nebraska*
21. Iowa
22. South Dakota*
23. Illinois*
24. Maryland*
25. Virginia
26. Kansas
27. Minnesota
28. Wisconsin*
29. Delaware*
30. California*
31. Idaho*
31. Washington*
33. Oregon*
34. Maine
35. Florida*
36. Wyoming*
36. New Hampshire*
36. New York
39. Washington, D.C.
40. New Jersey*
40. New Mexico*
42. Nevada
43. Arizona
43. Utah*
45. Montana
46. Connecticut*
47. Rhode Island*
47. Vermont
49. Massachusetts*
50. Hawaii
51. Colorado

*Denotes a statistically significant increase in the state's obesity rate.

Source: Trust for America's Health