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Vt. obesity rate among lowest in nation

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A new study shows Vermont has one of the lowest obesity rates in the country, and overall, the rate of increase in obesity nationwide is slowing.

The "F as in Fat" report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks Louisiana as the most obese state with a rate of nearly 35 percent. New Hampshire is in the middle of the pack at 27th most obese. Vermont and New York are on the slimmer side of the scale at 46th and 47th. In both states, about 24 percent of the population is considered obese.

The study did find that after three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for Arkansas and that the rate of increase has slowed since 2005. But American men are getting fatter. The rate of obesity for men has increased 6 percentage points in the past 10 years to catch up with women at about 36 percent of the population for both genders.

Click here for the report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013."

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