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Hamburgers represent Northern Plains states above national obesity rate of 27.1 percent. Salads represent Northern Plains states below the national average. Butter represents the fattest state, Mississippi. Belt and buckle represents South Dakota as highest obesity rate in region. Green states are top 10 states below national rate. (Northern Plains News graphic)

SD the buckle of the fat belt on the Northern Plains?

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If the Northern Plains had a fat belt, South Dakota would be the buckle, according to a new study by Gallup.

While not in the bottom 10 states nationally for obesity, South Dakota — in the middle of the Northern Plains — has an obesity rate of 28.3 percent of the population, with Iowa a slim 0.2 points behind South Dakota in fatness.


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