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September 03, 2012
How fat is your state? CDC releases findings

Rates of adult obesity remain high, with state estimates ranging from 20.7 percent in Colorado to 34.9 percent in Mississippi. New data are reflected in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2011 obesity map.

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The South had the highest prevalence of adult obesity at 29.5 percent, followed by the Midwest (29 percent), the Northeast (25.3 percent), and the West (24.3 percent). The findings were based on the government’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

According to the CDC, several updates in the BRFSS system impacted the findings. One was an overall change in methodology, including the incorporation of cell phone-only households.

The changes were intended to generate better estimates. As a result, the CDC says it cannot compare 2011 rates to those of previous years. The new data will provide a baseline for future comparison.
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