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Oklahoma jumps five spots on ranking

Exercise machines at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Main Street branch of the Greater YMCA of Oklahoma City, Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Exercise machines at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Main Street branch of the Greater YMCA of Oklahoma City, Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma has ranked near the top of national lists of the most unhealthy populations, and that ranking is climbing up another list no state wants to be on. The Oklahoman's Meg Wingerter takes a look at the state's battle with the bulge. 

Oklahoma City — Oklahoma jumped to the third-heaviest state in 2017, from the already unenviable position of eighth, according to the Trust for America's Health's new report on obesity.

The obesity rate increased to 36.5 percent, making Oklahoma one of seven states where more than 35 percent of adults have obesity. Only West Virginia and Mississippi had higher obesity rates.

In 2016, about 33.9 percent of Oklahoma adults had obesity, or a body-mass index greater than 30. For a person who is 5-foot-10, that would mean a weight of at least 209 pounds, with lower cut-offs for shorter people and higher thresholds for those who are taller.

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Exercise machines at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Main Street branch of the Greater YMCA of Oklahoma City, Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Exercise machines at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Main Street branch of the Greater YMCA of Oklahoma City, Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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