Minn. obesity rate expected to hit 55 percent by 2030

Minnesota's obesity rate is expected to jump from 26 percent in 2011 to 55 percent in 2030.

More from the Associated Press:

A group campaigning against obesity predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in 39 states will be obese - not merely overweight, but obese.

Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more decades. The report predicts 67 percent of that state's adults will be obese by 2030; that would be an astounding increase from Mississippi's current 35 percent obesity rate.

The new projections were released Tuesday by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two organizations regularly report on obesity to raise awareness, and they rely on government figures.

What would this mean for health care in the state and what can be done to prevent these projections from becoming reality?

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