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How healthy is your state?

bathroom scaleAlthough obesity is a major health concern across the United States, a recent survey conducted by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation based on data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that some states are healthier than others. The survey measured obesity using body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on weight and height. Mississippi topped the list of states with the highest adult obesity rate at 34.9 percent of the state population, followed by Louisiana and West Virginia. On the other end, Colorado was hailed as the healthiest state, with an obesity rate of 20.7 percent. Hawaii and Massachusetts rounded out the top three healthiest states. To see how your state stacked up, click here.

Obesity can lead to numerous health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The CDC recommends eating a healthy diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You should also talk to your doctor about your weight and how many calories you should be eating daily. Moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, light yard work or cycling, can also help you lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease or stroke.