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Full Report Here Americans keep getting fatter, especially in the South

LOS ANGELES — In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now, all but one does.

An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The number of obese U.S. adults rose in 16 states in the last year, helping to push obesity rates in a dozen states above 30 percent, according to a report released on Thursday.

Mississippi is the fattest state in the union with an adult obesity rate More >