Nearly 36 percent of U.S. adults were considered obese in the 2011 survey. New York had a rate of 24.5 percent, tying it for 45th with Connecticut and Nevada, according to an analysis by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Colorado had the lowest obesity at 20.7 percent, and Mississippi had the highest at 34.9 percent.
Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South, the analysis found.
“Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced,” said Jeffrey Levi, TFAH executive director, in a statement.