KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A report released Tuesday says Kansas has joined the ranks of states with an adult obesity rate higher than 25 percent.
The study by Trust for America's Health lists Kansas as the 23rd-fattest state, with 25.8 percent of its adult population obese and 62.3 percent either obese or overweight.
Last year, Kansas' adult obesity rate was 24.3 percent, putting it 27th nationwide.
The report, dubbed "F is for Fat,'' uses a three-year average to determine obesity rates. Mississippi led the nation with a 31.7 percent obesity rate.
Rising food costs, bigger portions and a lack of exercise all are blamed for the national increase. The report says part of the challenge is figuring out how to best fix the problem when government resources are tight.
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