Obesity-Rankings Fact Sheet

Obese America

-- still climbing in 31 states

-- no states decline

-- Mississippi first to crack 30 percent barrier for obese adults

-- Colorado is leanest state (17.6 percent obese)

-- District of Columbia has highest percentage of obese children ages 10 to 17 -- 22.8 percent.

-- Utah has lowest percentage of obese youth -- 8.5 percent.

Calculation

-- anyone with body mass index greater than 30 is considered obese

-- overweight range is 25 to 29.9.

-- normal is 18.5 to 24.9.

(index is ratio that takes into account height and weight)

Factors

lack of exercise

-- 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.

-- percentage is greater than 30 percent in four states: Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee

Poverty

-- five poorest states all in the top 10 for obesity rates