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The Most and Least Obese States in America—Ranked

Eat This, Not That! Logo By © Provided by Eat This, Not That! of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 52: <p>By The Editors of Eat This, Not That!</p><p>The state you live in might have something to do with the state your waistline is in.</p><p>Living in the South might be increasing your risk of weight gain, according to a new report by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health. The annual report, "<a href="https://stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity/">The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America</a>," shows a snapshot of adult obesity in the United States in 2016. One of the glaring pieces of data it found was that nine of the 11 states with the highest obesity rates are located in the South. Twenty-five states now have obesity rates that top 30 percent, according to the data. </p><p>And those aren’t just trivial numbers: when the rate of obesity in your state increases, your own personal risk may increase as well. Recent research at Harvard has shown that your social circle—the folks you interact with on a daily basis—can dramatically impact your own health and fitness. In fact, just having a close friend who becomes obese raises your own risk by 57 percent. In other words, when the folks around you get fat, your own belly starts to expand, too. </p><p>The new results did find a silver lining, however: obesity rates have been leveling off over the past few years. Obesity rates remained stable in 47 states (including the District of Columbia) between 2015 and 2016, and one state’s obesity rate actually declined.</p><p>The editors at Eat This, Not That! took a deeper look at the numbers. Here’s where your state ranked, and what you need to know. And if you struggle with your weight gain, take control of your health with these essential <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/best-weight-loss-tips">50 Best Weight-Loss Tips—Ever</a>!</p><p>Note: 51 = Lowest rate of adult obesity, 1 = highest rate of adult obesity.</p>

The Most and Least Obese States in America—Ranked

By The Editors of Eat This, Not That!

The state you live in might have something to do with the state your waistline is in.

Living in the South might be increasing your risk of weight gain, according to a new report by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health. The annual report, "The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America," shows a snapshot of adult obesity in the United States in 2016. One of the glaring pieces of data it found was that nine of the 11 states with the highest obesity rates are located in the South. Twenty-five states now have obesity rates that top 30 percent, according to the data.

And those aren’t just trivial numbers: when the rate of obesity in your state increases, your own personal risk may increase as well. Recent research at Harvard has shown that your social circle—the folks you interact with on a daily basis—can dramatically impact your own health and fitness. In fact, just having a close friend who becomes obese raises your own risk by 57 percent. In other words, when the folks around you get fat, your own belly starts to expand, too.

The new results did find a silver lining, however: obesity rates have been leveling off over the past few years. Obesity rates remained stable in 47 states (including the District of Columbia) between 2015 and 2016, and one state’s obesity rate actually declined.

The editors at Eat This, Not That! took a deeper look at the numbers. Here’s where your state ranked, and what you need to know. And if you struggle with your weight gain, take control of your health with these essential 50 Best Weight-Loss Tips—Ever!

Note: 51 = Lowest rate of adult obesity, 1 = highest rate of adult obesity.

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