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Advocates: Obesity Rates in Illinois and 38 Other States to Pass 50 Percent

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NEW YORK (AP) – A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in Illinois and 38 other states will be obese not merely overweight.

Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state’s adults will be obese by 2030. That would be an astounding increase from Mississippi’s current 35 percent obesity rate.

The new projections were released today by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two organizations regularly report on obesity to raise awareness, and they rely on government figures.

In Illinois, current stats show a 27 percent obesity rate. And the groups say that would grow to 54 percent by 2030.

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