KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) __ A new report has found that more than 30 percent of Missouri residents are obese, placing the state just outside the top 10 in the nation.

Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued their annual obesity report, which for the first time looks at how obesity rates have grown over the past two decades.

Thursday’s report says Missouri’s 30.3 percent obesity rate is the nation’s 11th highest, just behind Michigan’s 30.5 percent rate.

In 1995 only 16.9 percent of Missouri’s residents were obese, but that was still enough to rank the state at No. 7.

The report recommends increasing access to healthy foods, providing more exercise opportunities and reducing children’s exposure to marketing of unhealthy foods as ways to trim the nation’s waistline.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press


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