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25 percent of RI adults are obese

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- More than a quarter of adults in Rhode Island are obese, nearly double the percentage from 16 years ago.

An analysis released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 25.4 percent of adults in the state were obese in 2011. Rhode Island's adult obesity rate in 1995 was 12.8 percent.

The report, which relies on federal government figures, projects that 53.8 percent of Rhode Island adults will be obese in 2030.

Obesity is measured by body mass index, a calculation based on a person's weight and height.

The report showed Mississippi with the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent. Colorado had the lowest at 20.7 percent.