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A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that more than 44 million Americans were obese and 16.7 million had diagnosed diabetes in 2001. The nation's obesity rate climbed to 20.9 percent in 2001 from 19.8 percent the year before, and the rate of diagnosed diabetes rose to 7.9 percent from 7.3 percent.

Mississippi is the state with the highest rate of obesity and Colorado the lowest. The highest rate of diagnosed diabetes was in Alabama; the lowest was in Minnesota.
KC's View:
Clearly, if you want to lessen your chances of being obese or diabetic, being north of the Mason-Dixon line is a good thing…