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09/21/2015 12:31 EDT | Updated 09/21/2016 01:12 EDT

Little change in state obesity rates last year; highest in South and Midwest

NEW YORK — New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving.

Results from a telephone survey show obesity rates stayed about the same in 45 states last year. There were small increases in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah.

Some experts said they are glad, overall, that obesity rates aren't getting worse.

The 2014 survey found that in 22 states, 30 per cent or more of the population was obese. They were mostly in the South and Midwest. Three states — Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia — had obesity rates over 35 per cent.

The government Monday released the rates, which were analyzed in a separate report by the advocacy group, Trust for America's Health.

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Online:

CDC survey: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/

Trust for America's Health: http://www.tfah.org/

Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press