KANSAS CITY (AP) -- A report issued today says that Missouri's obesity rate is rising.
The study by Trust for America's Health lists Missouri as the 13th most obese state in the nation, with 27.4 percent of its adult population obese and 63.3 percent either obese or overweight.
Mississippi led the nation with a 31.7 percent obesity rate.
The report, dubbed "F is for Fat," uses a three-year average to determine obesity rates.
Rising food costs, bigger portions and a lack of exercise all are blamed for the national increase. The report says part of the challenge is figuring out how to best fix the problem when government resources are tight.
In Missouri, a state initiative is working to promote healthy living.
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