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Delaware sees slight drop in adult obesity in 2014

Delaware Public Media

New data shows Delaware's obesity rate dropped off slightly in 2014 -- but the First State still has the highest obesity rate in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, at 30.7 percent of all adults.

The latest report from the Trust for America's health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows a point-four percent drop from Delaware's obesity rate in 2013. That puts Delaware 17th highest in the nation for adult obesity, compared to 13th in 2013 -- when the state saw a four-percent spike in obesity

Arkansas has the highest rate in the country this year at 35.9 percent. Colorado's rate is the lowest in the nation at 21.3. And every state has an obesity rate above 20 percent.

Meanwhile, childhood obesity rates have remained relatively steady in Delaware in recent years -- but health providers say those tend to mirror adult rates, with the latest data on kids due out in the coming months.

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