It's been called the American epidemic -- 34 percent of us suffer from obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Another 34 percent are overweight. And while any American is familiar with the imagery of an overweight population, what perhaps is most striking about the national obesity outbreak has been the pace with which it has overtaken the country.
No state reported obesity rates higher than 20 percent in 1985. But in the intervening 26 years, every state besides Colorado, as well as Washington D.C., has since surpassed that clip.