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Kentucky drops to 12th from fifth in adult obesity; state official says many programs have contributed

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky has seen a decrease in its adult obesity rate, to 31.6 percent in 2014 from 33.2 percent in 2013, causing it to drop to 12th in the nation for adult obesity from fifth, according to the latest State of Obesity Report. Elaine Russell, the state obesity prevention coordinator, said in a telephone interview that the decrease can be attributed to no one...

South remains most obese part of U.S.,
annual report says; Kentucky ranked 12th

To view an interactive version of this map, click here.   The South remains the fattest part of the country, according to the 12th annual State of Obesity report released this week by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Arkansas leads the way with an adult obesity rate of 35.9 percent. West Virginia is second, at 35.7 percent, followed by Mississippi, 35.5...

Kentucky has fifth highest adult obesity rate in nation; state’s teenagers have worst rate

  Kentucky now has the fifth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kentucky’s adult obesity rate is 33.2 percent, up from 25.3 percent in 2004 and from 12.7 percent in 1990.   What’s more, Kentucky...