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Connecticut trending heavier under new obesity rates

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The State of Obesity said the country’s weight is holding steady, but it’s still high.

Connecticut is better off than most of the other states, but its adult obesity rate is 26.3 percent and it’s trending heavier.

Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi had adult obesity rates of more than 35 percent.

Twenty three of the 25 states with the highest rates are in the south and Midwest, according to the report.

Hawaii and the District of Columbia were on the lightest side with rates in the 21 percent range.

As a country, more than a third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children are considered to be obese, the CDC said.

Broken down further, the study put the obesity rate for African-Americans at 47.8 percent. For Latino adults, it was at 42.5 percent. For white adults, it was 32.6 percent.

The data was measured by using Body Mass Index numbers, which measure a person's weight to height ratio.

The CDC said heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes are all obesity-related conditions. It also said they are some of the leading causes of preventable death.

To read more about the data, click here.

For more obesity-related information, head to the CDC’s website here.

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