ATLANTA (AP) — The latest state obesity study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows adult obesity rates have remained high across the nation, with Indiana and Michigan in the "very high" range.
Overall, more than a third of adults are obese, but rates vary by state. 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.
State rates remained about the same although states with very high rates went from nine to 12. At least 30 percent of adults are obese in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
Indiana is tied for the 8th highest obesity level in the nation, a major change from its 15th ranking last year. The state has an obesity rate of 30.8 percent.
Michigan is the 5th most obese state with an obesity rate of 31.3 percent.