CDC: Every state has an obesity problem

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest obesity news indicates an overall widening of the US. The health agency's latest data indicates that 20% was the lowest level of obesity prevalence in any state in the US among adults.

The findings also showed a regional narrative: southern states had the highest rates, with 30.2% of adults ranking as obese, just outrunning the Midwest, which had a 30.1% rate, the Northeast, which hovered at 26.5% and the West, in which 24.9% of adults were obese.

The numbers matter because they represent a long list of potential health issues, including diabetes, cancer and heart disease. An August CDC report indicated that the US diabetes risk has jumped to 40%. This one condition is associated with $245 billion in related healthcare costs, and patients have to put up more money for these medications, which can put adherence at risk.

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