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Thu July 7, 2011
RI obesity rates rising
By MEGAN HALL
Providence, RI – Rhode Islanders are following a nationwide trend- they're getting fatter.
According to a new report, more than 24 percent of people in the Ocean State are obese. That's nearly double the percentage of severely overweight Rhode Islanders 15 years ago.
But compared to the rest of the country, that's not bad. Rhode Island still ranks as the 10th least obese state in nation, behind Connecticut in third place and Massachusetts in fourth.
Mississippi has the highest percentage of obese residents at 34 percent while Colorado has the least at nearly 20 percent.
The report comes from a partnership between the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The authors use body mass index numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to calculate obesity.
Read the entire report on Rhode Island here
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