An analysis released by the Trust for America’s Health has found that 12 States have obesity rates over 30%, with Mississippi leading the way at 34.9%. Colorado (20.7%) was identified as the least obese state. “Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced,” says Jeffrey Levi, PhD, TFAH Executive Director. “The good news is that we have a growing body of evidence and approaches that we know can help reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity based on making healthier choices easier for Americans. The bad news is we’re not investing anywhere near what we need to in order to bend the obesity curve and see the returns in terms of health and savings.” At the end of the summer, TFAH will release its 2012 edition of F as in Fat which will provide policy recommendations, and for the first time, will forecast 2030 obesity rates for each State as well as disease rates and health care costs associated with those projections.