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Last updated 9:05AM ET
March 5, 2021
Obesity Prevalent in Alabama
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A lot of Alabamians are overweight. So says the Trust for America's Health. Alabama is among 31 states to record an increase in obesity rates last year. The state ranked 3rd overall and has adult obesity rates of 28 point 7 percent.

No state showed a decline.

Mississippi became the first state to crack the 30 percent barrier for adult residents considered to be obese. West Virginia and Louisiana are just slightly behind, according to the Trust, a research group that focuses on disease prevention.

A lack of exercise is a huge factor in obesity rates. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found last year that more than 22 percent of Americans did not engage in any physical activity in the past month.

Colorado continues its reign as the leanest state in the nation.

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