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Report: Hawaii compares well with rest of US in obesity rates

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new study proves that adults in Hawaii are in pretty good shape. According to the report, Hawaii is the fifth least obese state in the country.

The report found that 68% of American adults are either overweight or obese and that the problem is getting worse. 38 states now have adult obesity rates of over 25%. Less than 20 years ago no state had a rate higher than 20%.

The difference between being overweight and obese is based on calculating one's body mass index, a factor of weight and height. Generally speaking, for a person of average build, obesity is reached when the person is 20 pounds or more above their healthy weight.

 Mississippi weighs in as the nation's most obese population. The report shows that the South as a region is struggling more with obesity than other parts of the country. Eight of the ten most obese states are in the Southeast.

The least obese state was Colorado. The West and New England figured prominently in the ten states with the lowest rates of obesity. The study was commissioned by the non-profit health advocacy groups Trust for America's Health and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Lowest ranked states:

  1. Colorado (19.1%)
  2. Connecticut (21.4%)
  3. District of Columbia. (21.5%)
  4. Massachusetts (21.7%)
  5. Hawaii (22.6%)
  6. Vermont (22.8%)
  7.  Rhode Island (22.9%)
  8. Utah (23.2%)
  9. Montana (23.5%)
  10. New Jersey (23.9%)

Highest ranked states:

  1. Mississippi (33.8%)
  2. Alabama (31.6%)
  3. Tennessee (31.6
  4. West Virginia (31.3%)
  5. Louisiana (31.2%)
  6. Oklahoma (30.6%)
  7. Kentucky (30.5%)
  8. Arkansas (30.1%)
  9. South Carolina (29.9%)
  10. Michigan and North Carolina(29.4%)

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