Georgians are now twice as fat as we were just 16 years ago.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control show Georgia's obesity rate doubled from 1994 to 2010.

1994 was the first year the CDC had data from all 50 states. At that time, most of the south had the highest rates in the country. Georgia fell in the 10-14% range then. There were no states with an obesity rate less than 10%.

Just six years later, obesity rates rose across the country - with the south still leading the way. Georgia's had risen to the 20-24% range by then.

The latest statistics, from 2010, show the South is still the most obese area of the country, but Georgia has managed to stay slightly slimmer than most of its neighbors. Georgia does, however, have an obesity rate of 29.6%, less than half a percent from the red range.

Twelve states have an obesity rate greater than 30%: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

The latest figures are based on a 2011 telephone survey that asked adults their height and weight.

The Centers for Disease Control defines obese as a body mass index greater than 30 percent.

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