HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new report says Pennsylvania had the nation's 19th highest adult obesity rate in 2013, tied with Kansas.
The report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 30 percent of adults in Pennsylvania were obese last year.
That's up from 24 percent in 2004.
Mississippi and West Virginia tied for the top rate, at 35.1 percent. Colorado's 21.3 percent was the nation's lowest.
The report faults Pennsylvania for lacking physical activity standards for schoolchildren, requirements that larger chain food establishments to provide nutrition content on menus and laws that ease community use of school gymnasiums, playgrounds, tracks and fields.
Obesity is defined as an excessively high amount of body fat compared to lean body mass.