Obesity Rates By State: New CDC Data Looks At Weight Across The Country

08/14/2012 08:18 am ET | Updated Aug 14, 2012

By now, America's weight problem is well established: more than 35 percent of adults across the country are considered obese, with a BMI greater than or equal to 30. That's more than 78 million people.

But how do those numbers shake out by state? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently mapped out the percentage of obese Americans by state using 2011 data, finding that greater percentages of obese people tend to reside in the south.

In fact, 34.9 percent of Mississippi residents were considered to be obese in 2011, making it the most obese state in America. Colorado, on the other hand, had the lowest percentage of obese citizens, at 20.7 percent.

While this number falls far under the national average, not a single state had fewer than 20 percent obese residents.

Where does your state fall on this obesity map? Scroll through the slides below and let us know in the comments section below.

Obesity Rates By State

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