New report shows obesity on the rise in the U.S.

By WEEK Producer

April 7, 2014 Updated Apr 7, 2014 at 9:59 PM CDT

A new Gallup report shows the latest obesity rates across the country.

In Peoria, obesity rates came to nearly 28-percent. Chicago classified nearly 26-percent of their residents as obese.

Metropolitan areas in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio topped the list with almost 40-percent.

Boulder, Colorado remained the least obese area in the country with only 12.4-percent.

Nationally, the U.S. obesity rate jumped to 27.1-percent in 2013.

And having obese children also takes a toll on your wallet.

Researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute released an estimate of the cost of childhood obesity, totaling $19,000 per child.

Obesity raises the risk for heart disease, type II diabetes and certain cancers.

Roughly one in five children in the U.S. is obese.

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