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The number of states where at least 35% of residents are obese has nearly doubled since 2018, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: Obesity rates in 16 states have now reached levels considered high by the CDC. That is up from 12 states in 2019 and nine in 2018.

  • Delaware, Iowa, Ohio and Texas reached the 35% threshold in 2020, the CDC said.
  • Those states join Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The big picture: Obesity in adulthood can pose several health risks such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, per the CDC.

  • The CDC has warned that obesity increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

By the numbers: All states and territories have more than 20% of adults with obesity, according to the CDC.

  • Combined data from 2018 to 2020 found notable racial disparities, with states reporting higher rates of obesity among Black and Hispanic residents.
  • The Midwest and South had the highest prevalence of obesity, with both at a rate of about 34%, per the CDC.

What they're saying: "To change the current course of obesity will take a sustained, comprehensive effort from all parts of society," a statement from the CDC read.

  • "These maps help by showing where we need to focus efforts to prevent obesity and to support individuals with this disease."

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Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Sep 20, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Iowa's obesity rate rose during the pandemic

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Data: CDC; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

The number of states where adults with obesity make up at least 35% of the population significantly jumped from two years ago, according to new CDC data. And Iowa is among the latest to join that list.

  • The state's obese population rose from 34% in 2019 to 36.5% in 2020.
  • Just 10 years ago, Iowa's obesity rate was at 29%.

Why it matters: Obesity is linked to a number of health complications, ranging from heart disease to increased risk of COVID-19 hospitalization.

  • A 2016 report from Wellmark showed obesity contributes to the state's most costly conditions.

DOJ sues American Airlines, JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.

FBI: Body identified as Gabby Petito, death ruled a homicide

A memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito near City Hall in North Port, Fla. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

A body found in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday was confirmed to be the remains of missing 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI said. The cause of death has not been determined.