MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer & WLTX
ATLANTA (AP/WLTX) - South Carolina ranks seventh in the nation in the number of its citizens who are obese, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control.
The latest survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity last year. Louisiana and Mississippi led the list. In both, nearly 35 percent of adults were obese. Colorado was lowest, with less than 21 percent.
Overall, the level of adult obesity has been about the same nationwide for years now.
South Carolina had 31 percent of residents who were obese, and 35 percent who were overweight. On the other end of the scale, 32 percent were normal, while less than 2 percent were underweight.
The highest obesity rates continue to be in the South and Midwest.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does the telephone survey each year, and recently released the state list for 2012. The numbers are based on body mass index, which is calculated on a persons weight and height.