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States with the highest rates of obesity

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    States with the highest rates of obesity

    To describe fast food’s effects on America’s obesity rate as anything less than an epidemic would be an understatement. According to a 2016 survey by Statista, only 15% of Americans report never eating at fast food restaurants. More than 50% admitted to eating fast food at least once a week, however. More troubling is the fact that 14% of respondents claim to eat fast food four to six times a week and an additional 6% admit to going a minimum of seven times a week.

    While this undoubtedly has a great deal to do with the fact that America is one of the world’s most obese nations, there are additional factors contributing to the nation’s ailing physical health. Access to public transportation and regular physical activity, as well as access to healthier foods, are all facets which vary widely across the nation.

    Stacker referenced data from the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in order to rank the states with the highest rates of obesity. The numbers are taken from 2016 and measured according to the percentage of individuals with a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or greater.

    Read on to see if your state is among the most obese in the nation.

    ALSO: Snacks and other food items banned in the U.S. 

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    #51. Colorado

    2016 obesity rate: 22.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.8%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 17.8%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.2%

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    #50. District of Columbia

    2016 obesity rate: 22.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 30.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.1%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 34.2%

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    #49. Massachusetts

    2016 obesity rate: 23.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 34.0%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 31.9%

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    #48. Hawaii

    2016 obesity rate: 23.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.4%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 29.4%

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    #47. California

    2016 obesity rate: 25.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.8%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 18.8%

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    #46. Utah

    2016 obesity rate: 25.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.6%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 20.0%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 29.5%

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    #45. Montana

    2016 obesity rate: 25.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 21.8%

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    #44. New York

    2016 obesity rate: 25.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.4%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.4%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.2%

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    #43. Nevada

    2016 obesity rate: 25.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 36.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.2%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.5%

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    #42. Connecticut

    2016 obesity rate: 26.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.90%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 31.9%

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    #41. New Hampshire

    2016 obesity rate: 26.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.90%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 33.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 17.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 25.3%

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    #40. Rhode Island

    2016 obesity rate: 26.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.10%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.6%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 23.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.8%

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    #39. Vermont

    2016 obesity rate: 27.10%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 33.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 17.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 20.3%

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    #38. New Jersey

    2016 obesity rate: 27.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.1%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.7%

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    #37. Florida

    2016 obesity rate: 27.40%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.0%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 20.0%

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    #36. Idaho

    2016 obesity rate: 27.40%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.10%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.4%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 19.4%

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    #35. Wyoming

    2016 obesity rate: 27.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.8%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.2%

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    #34. Minnesota

    2016 obesity rate: 27.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.4%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.1%

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    #33. New Mexico

    2016 obesity rate: 28.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.60%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 43.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.6%

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    #32. Washington

    2016 obesity rate: 28.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 36.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 16.9%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 19.0%

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    #31. Oregon

    2016 obesity rate: 28.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.90%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 36.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 16.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.0%

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    #30. Arizona

    2016 obesity rate: 29.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.20%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.7%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 20.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.5%

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    #29. Virginia

    2016 obesity rate: 29.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 40.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 25.1%

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    #28. South Dakota

    2016 obesity rate: 29.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 42.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 26.1%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.7%

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    #27. Maine

    2016 obesity rate: 29.90%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.2%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.3%

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    #26. Maryland

    2016 obesity rate: 29.90%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 36.0%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 32.5%

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    #25. Pennsylvania

    2016 obesity rate: 30.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.10%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.2%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 33.2%

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    #24. Delaware

    2016 obesity rate: 30.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 38.2%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 20.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.0%

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    #23. Wisconsin

    2016 obesity rate: 30.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.0%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 21.6%

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    #22. Kansas

    2016 obesity rate: 31.20%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.60%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 43.7%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 21.2%

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    #21. Alaska

    2016 obesity rate: 31.40%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.0%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.9%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 17.9%

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    #20. Georgia

    2016 obesity rate: 31.40%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.40%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 44.8%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 23.5%

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    #19. Ohio

    2016 obesity rate: 31.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 42.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.2%

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    #18. Illinois

    2016 obesity rate: 31.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.40%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 38.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.2%

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    #17. Missouri

    2016 obesity rate: 31.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.60%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 44.4%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 23.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 25.5%

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    #16. North Carolina

    2016 obesity rate: 31.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 43.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.6%

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    #15. North Dakota

    2016 obesity rate: 31.90%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.20%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 40.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 27.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 29.3%

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    #14. Iowa

    2016 obesity rate: 32.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.7%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 26.9%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.5%

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    #13. Nebraska

    2016 obesity rate: 32.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.60%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.0%

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    #12. South Carolina

    2016 obesity rate: 32.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.10%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 47.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 25.4%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 28.1%

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    #11. Indiana

    2016 obesity rate: 32.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 42.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 26.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.3%

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    #10. Michigan

    2016 obesity rate: 32.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.7%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.8%

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    #9. Oklahoma

    2016 obesity rate: 32.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 51.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.8%

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    #8. Texas

    2016 obesity rate: 33.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 42.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 30.4%

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    #7. Kentucky

    2016 obesity rate: 34.20%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.90%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 46.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.8%

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    #6. Tennessee

    2016 obesity rate: 34.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 45.2%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 21.5%

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    #5. Louisiana

    2016 obesity rate: 35.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 50.4%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 31.0%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 29.4%

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    #4. Alabama

    2016 obesity rate: 35.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 48.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 27.8%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.7%

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    #3. Arkansas

    2016 obesity rate: 35.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 32.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 49.6%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 28.1%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 36.8%

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    #2. Mississippi

    2016 obesity rate: 37.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 51.2%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 31.2%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.5%

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    #1. West Virginia

    2016 obesity rate: 37.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 49.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 26.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 30.8%

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