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Mississippi is the fattest state for 6th straight year, Colorado still leanest, Rhode Island getting fatter, Alaska slimmer

For 2011 Mississippi has claimed the title of fattest state for the sixth consecutive year, while Colorado continues its streak as the leanest. Florida rose the most places in the rankings over last year, while Oregon dropped the most, according to a new analysis by CalorieLab, Inc.

Most Obese States

Alabama remained in second place, while Tennessee dropped from last year’s tie with Alabama down to fourth place. West Virginia rose from fourth place last year to third place this year. Kentucky rose from last year’s seventh place to tie with last year’s fifth fattest state, Louisiana.

Although Mississippi took first place in 2011 based on the three-year average used in the rankings, both its one-year overweight and its one-year obesity percentages fell in comparison to the previous year, while Alabama’s one-year figures rose. If this trend continues, Alabama may displace Mississippi as the fattest state within two years.

Thinnest States

Colorado repeats as the slimmest state, despite an increase in obesity of 0.7 percent over three years. The District of Colombia was the second slimmest state, changing places with Connecticut.

Ranking and Obesity Changes

Florida rose the most slots in the rankings for 2011, rising 7 places, while Nevada dropped the most, 8 places.

Rhode Island’s three-year obesity average rose the most, 1.4 percent, while Alaska’s fell the most, 1.0 percent. Nevada, Arizona, New York and Minnesota were the only other states whose three-year average obesity rates fell.

Regional Obesity by State Trends

In general, states in the West and New England rank lowest in the fattest states rankings, while states in the South and the Rust Belt tend to rank highest.

CalorieLab computed the fattest state rankings for this year based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System database maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rankings use a three-year average in order to smooth out statistical fluctuations.

Because of the overall increase in obesity, CalorieLab this year again shifted the color coding used in its map one percentage point higher to maintain an approximately equal number of states per color. This means that this year’s map cannot be directly compared to previous years’ maps. CalorieLab’s United States of Obesity 2011 map is licensed for use by anyone in any media and can be downloaded in various formats (small JPEG, large JPEG, SVG, EPS).

The CalorieLab United States of Obesity Fattest States Ranking 2011

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