West Virginia leads the nation in obesity rates among adults at 39.5 percent, up over 1 percent from the previous year according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health.

The 16th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report was released on Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), listing the Mountain State in a tie for the highest obesity rate with Mississippi.

West Virginia leads the grim trend across the United States.

Nine states had obesity levels over 35 percent in 2018, up from seven states the previous year.

For comparison, in 2012 there wasn’t a single state that had an obesity rate above 35 percent.

The study indicates around 1 in 3 Americans have obesity, roughly 100 million people, and continues to get worse year after year.

West Virginia’s percentage of obese adults rose from 38.1 percent to 39.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, the state has an obesity rate among children of 18.5 percent, a staggering number.

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