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Survey Says: Oklahomans are fat — state is No. 3 in obesity

Oklahoma ranks ahead of Alabama in one poll at least. 

The Sooner State is No. 3 in the nation when it comes to the most obese, according to a survey by

The survey says 36.5% of Oklahoma’s adult population struggles with obesity, compared to the national average of 30.1%. looked at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on obesity, exercise and healthy eating habits.

Other findings about Oklahoma from the survey:

  • Exercise: 32.4% of adult residents do zero physical leisure activity, ranking them fourth-worst in the country.
  • Healthy Eating: 45.8% of adults east less than one fruit per day, ranking them third-worst in the country.

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