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Report: Ga. 20th most obese state

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(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- A new report says 29.1 percent of adults in Georgia are obese, making the state the 20th most obese in the country, reports Georgia Health News.

The 2012 figure is slightly higher than the previous year's 28 percent for Georgia adults, according to a report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Georgia was ranked the 24th most obese state in 2011.

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Thirteen states have adult obesity rates that top 30 percent, 41 states have rates above 25 percent and every state is above 20 percent.

The Georgia adult rate follows encouraging data on childhood obesity in Georgia.

Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said 19 states saw a decrease in obesity from 2008 to 2011 among low-income children ages 2 to 4 years. And the 1.6 percentage point decline in Georgia was bigger than anywhere else except for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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