Land of 10,000 french fries

When it comes to porking out, Minnesota squeezes into the top half of the nation's most obese states, according to a report released today by the advocacy group Trust for America's Health.

Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the group noted that 22.7 percent of the nation's adults could be considered obese during the period from 2001-04, up from 22 percent during the period 2000-03.

Minnesota is almost exactly in the bulging middle of these statistics, ranking 25th nationally among the 49 states surveyed (Hawaii was not counted), with a obesity percentage of 22.6 among its adult population. When you add in people who are overweight but not obese, Minnesota's national ranking rises to 22nd, although its overall percentage of obese/overweight adults, 60 percent, is less than the national average of 64.5 percent. (Here is America's Trust look at Minnesota's specific obesity data, and here is the group's page for Minnesota health in general.)

The report indicates that among regions of the country, Dixie is tubby and New England is svelte. The top five is percentage of obese adults are Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The five least-obese states are Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, and Montana. Oregon was the lone state not to see its percentage of obese adults rise from last year.

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