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For example, the phone survey included only people with landline telephones, meaning others with cell phones were not part of the data, he said. It could be that a significant number of people who exclusively use cell phones are obese and not counted.
As for people underreporting their height and weight, "it's not so much lying," but rather that they don't regularly get on a scale, Narayan said.
The new report also found that in nine states at least 30 percent of the adults were obese in 2009. The states were Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Mississippi, the highest at 34 percent. In 2007, only Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee topped 30 percent.
No states met a national goal for 2010 of limiting obesity to 15 percent. Only Colorado and the District of Columbia were lower than 20 percent, and just barely.
Colorado's rate of about 19 percent may be due in part to its hiking trails and recreational culture. Another factor may be its Rocky Mountain altitudes, which require people to burn more energy to do routine physical activities, Dietz said during a Tuesday teleconference with reporters.
Washington's rate -- just under 20 percent -- could be tied to common use of public transportation there, or to higher rates of breast-feeding and fruit and vegetable consumption, he said.
CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/
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