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Florida Ranks 12th In Nation For Obesity

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – One in every four adults in Florida is obese.

That’s according to a new report put together by the Trust for America’s health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which found that the overall adult obesity rate in the state is 25.2 percent while 35 percent of Floridians have a healthy weight.

That makes Florida the 12th least obese state in the nation. Colorado had the lowest adult obesity rate in the country while Louisiana had the highest.

Florida’s rate remained steady from last year, but State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong says obesity remains a problem in the state. The Department of Health estimates costs associated with four obesity-linked diseases could cost $34 billion over the next 17 years.

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