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In 16 States, 35 Percent or More Residents Now Obese


On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 16 states now have at least 35 percent of their residents who are obese, a number that has nearly doubled since 2018.

The CDC highlighted notable racial and ethnic disparities around obesity.

Some states and territories did not have sufficient data to break down the issue by race and ethnicity, but among those that did, 35 states and Washington, D.C., had an obesity prevalence at or above 35 percent among Black residents, 22 states had reached that level for their Hispanic residents, and seven states had that prevalence among White residents.

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The CDC 2020 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps now show that Delaware, Iowa, Ohio, and Texas have joined Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia with high rates of obesity.No states had an obesity prevalence at or above 35 percent among Asian residents. However, some studies have suggested that

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