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Study: Adult Obesity Could Exceed 60 Percent In 13 States By 2030

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A new study released Tuesday suggests the number of adults, along with related disease rates and health care costs, could increase significantly in every state in the country over the next 20 years.

The study, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012," was released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The study found that not only could 13 states see adult obesity rates increase to more than 60 percent, but that 39 states could have rates above 50 percent and all 50 states could see rates above 44 percent.

Mississippi (66.7 percent) ranked first in the study's state-by-state adult obesity rate projections for 2030. Pennsylvania ranked 24th 56.7 percent), New Jersey ranked 44th (48.6 percent) and Delaware ranked 3rd (64.7 percent).

According to its findings, states could prevent obesity-related diseases and dramatically reduce health care costs if they reduced the average body mass index of residents by just 5 percent by 2030.

"This study shows us two futures for America's health," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD and president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"At every level of government, we must pursue policies that preserve health, prevent disease and reduce health care costs. Nothing less is acceptable."

You can see the study's state-by-state adult obesity rate projections for 2030 below. You can read a full version of the study on the Trust for America's Health website.

1. Mississippi (66.7%)

2. Oklahoma (66.4%)

3. Delaware (64.7%)

4. Tennessee (63.4%)

5. South Carolina (62.9%)

6. Alabama (62.6%)

7. Tie Kansas (62.1%); and Louisiana (62.1%)

9. Missouri (61.9%)

10. Arkansas (60.6%)

11. South Dakota (60.4%)

12. West Virginia (60.2%)

13. Kentucky (60.1%)

14. Ohio (59.8%)

15. Michigan (59.4%)

16. (tie) Arizona (58.8%); and Maryland (58.8%)

18. Florida (58.6%)

19. North Carolina (58.0%)

20. New Hampshire (57.7%)

21. Texas (57.2%)

22. North Dakota (57.1%)

23. Nebraska (56.9%)

24. Pennsylvania (56.7%)

25. Wyoming (56.6%)

26. Wisconsin (56.3%)

27. Indiana (56.0%)

28. Washington (55.5%)

29. Maine (55.2%)

30. Minnesota (54.7%)

31. Iowa (54.4%)

32. New Mexico (54.2%)

33. Rhode Island (53.8%)

34. Illinois (53.7%)

35. (tie) Georgia (53.6%); and Montana (53.6%);

37. Idaho (53.0%)

38. Hawaii (51.8%)

39. New York (50.9%)

40. Virginia (49.7%)

41. Nevada (49.6%)

42. Oregon (48.8%)

43. Massachusetts (48.7%)

44. New Jersey (48.6%)

45. Vermont (47.7%)

46. California (46.6%)

47. Connecticut (46.5%)

48. Utah (46.4%)

49. Alaska (45.6%)

50. Colorado (44.8%)

51. District of Columbia (32.6%).

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