August 27, 2007
Obesity has increased in Virginia. That's according to a national report by the Trust For America's Health, which ranked Virginia 23rd in the country, up from 26th last year.
The report says that 24.5% of Virginia adults are obese. Mississippi became the first state to break the 30% barrier for adult residents considered to be obese.
The top five heaviest states include Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina. The least overweight state is Colorado.
For the first time, the report looked at rates of overweight children ages 10 to 17. The District of Columbia had the highest percentage at 22.8%. Utah had the lowest percentage of overweight youth at 8.5%. Virginia ranks 25th at 13.8%.
The study used data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make its calculations. The group would like to see a national strategy to combat obesity.