-- still climbing in 31 states
-- no states decline
-- Mississippi first to crack 30 percent barrier for obese adults
-- Colorado is leanest state (17.6 percent obese)
-- District of Columbia has highest percentage of obese children ages 10 to 17 -- 22.8 percent.
-- Utah has lowest percentage of obese youth -- 8.5 percent.
-- anyone with body mass index greater than 30 is considered obese
-- overweight range is 25 to 29.9.
-- normal is 18.5 to 24.9.
(index is ratio that takes into account height and weight)
lack of exercise
-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found last year that more than 22 percent of Americans did not engage in any physical activity in the past month.
-- percentage is greater than 30 percent in four states: Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee