Mississippi adult obesity rate stays second-worst in 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New government data shows Mississippi adults are just as obese as ever.

The state remained tied for the second fattest in the nation in 2015, with nearly 36 percent of adults reporting they were obese. That rate didn’t change from 2014.

An advocacy group, the Trust for America’s Health, released a report Thursday analyzing data collected by a federal government telephone survey.

The 2015 survey found adult obesity rates fell in Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio in 2015. That was the first time in the last 10 years any states have seen obesity rates fall. Only Kansas and Kentucky saw obesity rates rise.

Louisiana was the fattest state, with an obesity rate above 36 percent. Colorado is the skinniest, with adult obesity rates just over 20 percent.

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