ST. LOUIS, MO. – (KMOX/AP) When it comes to being way over weight, Missouri ranks right up there in the top 12 states in the country.

However, in the number one position is Mississippi, where 34-point 9 percent of the population watches the bathroom scale charge forward rather than in retreat.

Missouri made it into the top 12  with 30-point-3 percent of the population unable to turn down that second corn-dog.

Overall, more than a third of adults are obese. The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight. For the first time, households with only cell phones were included.

In addition to Missouri, other states with very high rates include Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

In Illinois it looks like they’re starting to win the battle of the bulge, they’re ranked 29.

The study comes from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Trust for America’s Health Executive Director Jeffrey Levi says there’s a growing body of knowledge that makes healthier choices easier for Americans. However, he says very little is being invested in reducing obesity.

The CDC says in 2006, obesity-related medical costs totaled $147 billion, or nearly 10 percent of total medical spending.  And the state with the lowest obesity rate, Colorado.

To see where other states stack up, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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