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The 12 states that continue to have adult rates above 35% are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

People jokingly refer to COVID-19 as the number of pounds they have gained since the beginning of the pandemic. They may not be wrong, according to a recent analysis by the Trust for America’s Health.

“In 2020, 16 states had adult obesity rates at or above 35%, up from 12 states the previous year,” according to the report. “These and other emerging data show that the COVID-19 pandemic changed eating habits, worsened levels of food insecurity, created obstacles to physical activity and heightened stress, all exacerbating the decades-long pattern of obesity in America.”

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