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21 maps and charts that explain the obesity epidemic

by Bill Hayes

In a special map section, Vox presents 21 maps and charts that explain the obesity epidemic.  Below is one of the 21 maps.

In every state, at least one-fifth of adults are obese

In the Southern and Midwestern parts of the country, the problem is even more acute, and Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest obesity rates in the country at over 35 percent. Only seven states — Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado, Vermont, Montana, Utah, California — and the District of Columbia have obesity rates below a quarter. Colorado was the least obese state, with a prevalence of 21.3 percent, followed by Hawaii at 21.8 percent.