Foundation projects obesity rates: OH, KY make top 20

Kentucky, Ohio predicted to be in top 20 fattest

WASHINGTON - If you're struggling with your weight, you're not the only one. A new report from "Trust for America's Health " and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has some scary predictions for America.

And the Tri-State is right up there, as Americans become increasingly obese.

By 2030, researchers project that Mississippi will be the fattest state, with 66 percent obesity.

Kentucky is projected to be No. 13, with 60 percent obesity. Ohio follows at No. 14, just under 60 percent.

Indiana does slightly better at No. 27, with a projection of 56 percent.

In 2011, all three states hovered around 30 percent obesity.

The Foundation says people have the power to change these projections, and that if the states could reverse the obesity trend, they would save millions of dollars in healthcare expenses.

Listed are 2011 obesity levels followed by the Trust for America's Health projections for 2030:

  • Mississippi, 35 percent, 67 percent
  • Oklahoma, 31 percent, 66 percent
  • Delaware, 29 percent, 65 percent
  • Tennessee, 29 percent, 63 percent
  • South Carolina, 31 percent, 63 percent
  • Alabama, 32 percent, 63 percent
  • Kansas, 30 percent, 62 percent
  • Louisiana, 33 percent, 62 percent
  • Missouri, 30 percent, 62 percent
  • Arkansas, 31 percent, 61 percent
  • South Dakota, 28 percent, 60 percent
  • West Virginia, 32 percent, 60 percent
  • Kentucky, 30 percent, 60 percent
  • Ohio, 30 percent, 60 percent
  • Michigan, 31 percent, 59 percent
  • Arizona, 25 percent, 59 percent
  • Maryland, 28 percent, 59 percent
  • Florida, 27 percent, 59 percent
  • North Carolina, 29 percent, 58 percent
  • New Hampshire, 26 percent, 58 percent
  • Texas, 30 percent, 57 percent
  • North Dakota, 28 percent, 57 percent
  • Nebraska, 28 percent, 57 percent
  • Pennsylvania, 29 percent, 57 percent
  • Wyoming, 25 percent, 57 percent
  • Wisconsin, 28 percent, 56 percent
  • Indiana, 31 percent, 56 percent
  • Washington, 27 percent, 56 percent
  • Maine, 28 percent, 55 percent
  • Minnesota, 26 percent, 55 percent
  • Iowa, 29 percent, 54 percent
  • New Mexico, 26 percent, 54 percent
  • Rhode Island, 25 percent, 54 percent
  • Illinois, 27 percent, 54 percent
  • Georgia, 28 percent, 54 percent
  • Montana, 25 percent, 54 percent
  • Idaho, 27 percent, 53 percent
  • Hawaii, 22 percent, 52 percent
  • New York, 25 percent, 51 percent
  • Virginia, 29 percent, 50 percent
  • Nevada, 25 percent, 50 percent
  • Oregon, 27 percent, 49 percent
  • Massachusetts, 23 percent, 49 percent
  • New Jersey, 24 percent, 49 percent
  • Vermont, 25 percent, 48 percent
  • California, 24 percent, 47 percent
  • Connecticut, 25 percent, 47 percent
  • Utah, 24 percent, 46 percent
  • Alaska, 27 percent, 46 percent
  • Colorado, 21 percent, 45 percent
  • District of Columbia, 24 percent, 33 percent

To read the full report, go to healthyamericans.org/report/100/ .

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