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Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates
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Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Washington, D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of obese adults in the United States, trailing only Colorado, according to a report from Trust for America’s Heather and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, investigates weight issues by state, as well as in the District. 

According to the report, 12 states have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.  D.C.’s rate of obese adults, however, is a reported 21%.

Maryland ‘s adult obesity rate is 27.1 percent according to the study, while Virginia’s is 25.9 percent, which ranks them as the 26th and 30th most obese states in the country respectively.

“This year, for the first time, the report examined how the obesity epidemic has grown over the past two decades,” The report reads.  “Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Today, more than two out of three states, 38 total, have obesity rates over 25 percent, and just one has a rate lower than 20 percent. Since 1995, when data was available for every state, obesity rates have doubled in seven states and increased by at least 90 percent in 10 others. Today, the lowest obesity rate in any state (Colorado at 19.8 percent), would have been the highest rate in 1995.”

For more information, check out the entire report.

Watch the video above to see what D.C. locals thought about the city's rank in the report.

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