In the 44 states where the average annual household income is under $20,000, severe obesity will be the most common weight class.

In a decade, the obesity problem in the U.S. will encompass half the population, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. And a quarter will be severely obese, the New York Times warns.

The researchers from Harvard and George Washington universities project that adult obesity will hit at least 35 percent in every state, but in 29 states that number will be higher than 50 percent.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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