Oklahoma among fattest in America, report shows

Oklahoma is following a national trend of getting fatter, a new report shows. Oklahoma's 30.6 percent obesity ranking makes the state the sixth heaviest state.

BY SONYA COLBERG Modified: June 30, 2010 at 10:08 am •  Published: June 30, 2010
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Oklahoma has earned an "F” for fat.

A new report ranks Oklahoma the sixth heftiest state because of its 30.6 percent obesity rate.

High diabetes rates, physical inactivity and hypertension played a major role in putting Oklahoma in the bad category, according to "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010.”

The study was...

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Top 10 adult obesity rankings

1. Mississippi (33.8 percent)

2. Alabama and Tennessee (tied at 31.6 percent)

4. West Virginia (31.3 percent)

5. Louisiana (31.2 percent)

6. Oklahoma (30.6 percent)

7. Kentucky (30.5 percent)

8. Arkansas (30.1 percent)

9. South Carolina (29.9 percent)

10. Michigan and North Carolina (tied at 29.4 percent)

The term obesity is based on a BMI (body mass index) of greater than 30 or about 30 pounds overweight for a 5-foot, 4-inch person.

SOURCE: "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010,” from Trust for America's

Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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