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We all know that the South is known for fried dishes, sweet tea and heavy comfort foods, but it seems like that diet is really starting to take its toll on residents' waistlines. For the seventh year in a row, Mississippi has been found to have the highest adult obesity rate in the country, according to a recent report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mississippi has an adult obesity rate of 34.4 percent and is one of 12 states that now have obesity rates higher than 30 percent. The least obese state on the report was Colorado with a rate of 19.8 percent. Colorado is now the only state with an obesity rate of less than 20 percent.

In fact, the F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011 report found that adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state. Overall, states in the South tend to be more obese and states in the Northeast and West tend to have lower rates. Obesity rates have grown fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama and Tennessee, and slowest in Washington, D.C., Colorado and Connecticut, according to the report. Where does your state rank?

Top 10 Most Obese States

1. Mississippi (34.4%)
2. Alabama (32.3%)
3. West Virginia* (32.2%)
4. Tennessee (31.9%)
5. Louisiana (31.6%)
6. Kentucky (31.5%)
7. Oklahoma (31.4%)
8. South Carolina (30.9%)
9. Arkansas (30.6%)
10. Michigan* (30.5%)

Top 10 Least Obese States
1. Colorado (19.8%)
2. District of Columbia (21.7%)
3. Connecticut (21.8%)
4. Massachusetts** (22.3%)
5. Hawaii (23.1%)
6. Utah (23.4%)
7. Vermont (23.5%)
8. Montana (23.8%)
9. New Jersey (24.1%)
10. Rhode Island (24.3%)

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