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Mississippi has been ranked number one in the nation for the fattest state.

WalletHub conducted a study with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Journal of the American Medical Association to come up with America's fattest states.

While Mississippi topped the list, Louisiana and Arkansas were a close second and third -- land of delicious foods like fried chicken and beignets...not a surprise.

Related: The best fried chicken in the United States:

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Michael Solomonov's Federal Donuts; Philadelphia

Federal Donuts’s simple, wickedly great business model—superb fried chicken and doughnuts—has proven so popular that five outposts now dot the city. The 24-hour-cured chicken is double-fried for extra crispness and come spiced or glazed, depending on the location, in flavors like chili garlic and buttermilk ranch.

Watershed on Peachtree; Atlanta

The Atlanta institution has undergone a number of changes, but new chef Joe Truex knew not to mess with Scott Peacock’s legendary fried chicken. Brined in buttermilk and fried in ham hock-flavored fry fat, the crisp, golden, utterly addictive chicken is now served both at lunch and dinner on Wednesdays—and sold out usually by 7:30pm.

Little Goat Diner; Chicago

Fried chicken makes all sorts of cameos here (including accompanying onion brioche French toast). But traditionalists should order the fried chicken plate, a half-chicken that’s been brined in buttermilk and hot sauce for 12 hours before being steamed and tossed in the fryer.

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar; Miami

Founded in 1950 by "Fried Chicken King" Harold Pierce, the chain thrives on a simple model: White or dark meat plunged in oil to order, and served with hot sauce.

Beasley's Chicken + Honey; Raleigh, NC

With extra-craggy triple-fried chicken paired with a thick, custardy Belgian waffle, Ashley Christensen’s take on chicken and waffles is “all about the textures,” she says.

Wayfare Tavern; San Francisco

The secret to TV food star Tyler Florence’s fantastically crispy and perfectly moist chicken: baking it at 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours before coating with seasoned flour and frying in garlic-and-herb-infused oil.

Pies-N-Thighs; Brooklyn, NY

"I'm on the record as a fried-chicken freak," says editor in chief Dana Cowin, who wasn't disappointed by this cult Williamsburg spot known for fried chicken seasoned with paprika, black pepper and cayenne. "I adored its homey mood and comfort food." piesnthighs.com

Two Sisters Kitchen; Jackson, MS

Two Sisters' Kitchen, in a two-story house, opens only for lunch (every day but Saturday) and serves a buffet of soul food made with recipes culled from all the women in Diann I. Alford's family. "It's like Sunday lunch at your grandmother's," she says. Piled on Sisters' all-you-can-eat buffet: light angel biscuits; grits and Southern sides that might include turnip greens; and corn bread salad (Alford's mother got her to eat vegetables by adding chunks of corn bread). The one constant: "If the front door's open, we have fried chicken," assures Alford.

Momofuku Noodle Bar; New York, NY

Ordering the fried chicken at David Chang's East Village spot requires planning—you'll need a group of four to eight people, and you'll have to reserve the order online. It's worth the hassle. He serves two styles in one sitting: Southern with Old Bay seasoning, and a spicy Korean version. Diners can wrap hot pieces of meat in moo shu pancakes with a variety of sweet and salty sauces. momofuku.com

Harold's Chicken Shack; Chicago, IL

Founded in 1950 by "Fried Chicken King" Harold Pierce, the chain thrives on a simple model: White or dark meat plunged in oil to order, and served with hot sauce.

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In contrast, Utah was the thinnest state, which makes sense, as there aren't many delicious foods for which the state is known.

But they are known for their culture of enjoying nature and hiking. One of the biggest findings in the study was the importance of physical activity and there is no shortage there. Colorado was also listed as a good state for those who want to be physically active and subsequently more in shape.

Mississippi might have been the worst over all, but for highest percentage of adults who are obese, Arkansas took that prize.

And the state with the lowest percentage of adults who are obese was Colorado.

Though, now that pot is legal here, the munchies might ruin that title.

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10. Tennessee

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9. Louisiana

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8. Delaware

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7. Georgia

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6. Florida 

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5. South Dakota

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4. Mississippi

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3. Nevada

2. Wyoming

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1. Alaska

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