A new analysis shows that 12 U.S. states have an adult obesity rate above 30 percent.
In 2006, obesity-related medical costs totaled $147 billion a year, or nearly 10 percent of total medical spending, according to a 2011 study in Health Affairs. The bulk of the spending is from treating obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes.
But in the good news department, the CDC recently reported that 62 percent of adults say they walked at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005.
The new analysis was released today by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), using state obesity rates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.