By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new report says Iowa had the nation’s 12th highest adult obesity rate in 2013.

The report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 31.3 percent of adults in Iowa were obese last year.

Nine of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South.

Mississippi and West Virginia tied for the top rate, at 35.1 percent. Colorado’s 21.3 percent was the nation’s lowest.

Iowa’s obesity rate was higher than all of its neighboring states.

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