(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The good news: Georgia is not among the top 10 states with the most obese residents in a new Gallup Well-Being index. The bad news: Georgia is not among the top 10 states with the lowest obesity rates either.
The national obesity rate, as computed by respondents' self-reported height and weight in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, has increased to 27.1 percent from 26.2 percent in 2012, and is up 1.6 percentage points from 25.5 percent in 2008, Gallup's initial year of tracking. Americans who have a BMI of 30 or higher are classified as obese.
Georgia's obesity rate for 2013 is listed at 28.2 percent, landing it roughly in the middle of all 50 states in obesity rates.
Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2013, at 35.4 percent, while Montana had the lowest rate, at 19.6 percent. The obesity rate has generally increased across the U.S. each year since 2008, Gallup said.
According to Gallup, more than two in 10 adults were obese in nearly every state in 2013, with the exception of Montana.
The states with the highest obesity rates, according to Gallup, are Mississippi, West Virginia, Delaware, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Alaska. In these states, three in 10 adults were considered obese.
The states with the lowest obesity rates are Montana, Colorado, Nevada, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Mexico, California, Hawaii and New York.
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)