SC young people rank second nationally in obesity, Georgia adults ranked No. 18

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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

A new report finds that the rate of obesity among South Carolina's young people ranks second in the nation while adults rank 10th nationally among the states.

The same report found Georgia has the nation's 18th-highest adult obesity rate.

The report, issued by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that more than 21 percent of young people in South Carolina between ages 10 and 17 are considered obese.

Officials said that most of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South. Obesity is defined as an excessively high amount of body fat compared to lean body mass.

The report released Thursday also found that South Carolina's adult obesity rate is now almost 32 percent. That's up from 25 percent a decade ago and 12 percent in 1990.

The annual report found that Georgia's adult obesity rate is 30.3 percent.

The organization said that for the first time, adult obesity rates are above 35 percent in two states -- Mississippi and West Virginia. Colorado continued to be the thinnest state at 21.3 percent.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)

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