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Obesity Rates Rise 90% in 17 States Since 1995, Adding Cost

Obesity rates climbed at least 90 percent in 17 states from 1995 to last year, gains that have a direct bearing on U.S. health spending, according to a report.

Nine of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates are in the U.S. South, led by Mississippi at 34 percent, Alabama and West Virginia, according to the report today by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Those states also lead the nation in diabetes and high blood pressure, the report found. Michigan was listed as 10th at 31 percent.