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FILE - This May 8, 2014 file photo shows an overweight man in New York. Being too heavy may cost you your life _ literally. Scientists say overweight people die one year earlier than expected and that moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely in the biggest-ever analysis of such data. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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Arizona is in the middle of the pack regarding obesity

According to the American Medical Association, obesity is defined as a disease. In which case, the United States is not exactly healthy.

America is the wealthiest country in the world, but 35.7 percent of its population is considered obese. That statistic puts the United States at No. 18 of 230 in obesity.

While the United States may be the wealthiest country in the world, within America it’s a different story. Studies show that areas with lower average incomes tend to see higher rates of obesity.

Broken down state-by-state, Arizona sits right in the middle of the pack. Apache County has the highest population of obese people in the Grand Canyon state at 35.2 percent. Apache County is located in the northeast portion of the state near the New Mexico border.

The highest county in the United States is Claiborne County in Mississippi, and the lowest county is Hawaii County in Hawaii.

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