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CDC: Obesity rates rising in more states

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(CNN) — More states are seeing their obesity rates go up, according to the CDC.

The CDC says the number of states reporting at least 35% of their residents are obese has nearly doubled in the last thee years.

16 states now report at least a 35% obesity rate for their adult residents. In 2018, just nine states reported more than 35% obesity.

Delaware, Iowa, Ohio and Texas Alabama are the four new additions to the list this year. Those states join Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia as states with obesity rates over 35%.

Illinois has an obesity rate between 30-34%, according to the CDC.

The CDC says it will take a comprehensive effort from all parts of society to change the rising rates.

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