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Study: Del. Has Highest Obesity Increase in the Country

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DOVER, Del.- Obesity is on the rise in the First State. The percentage of obese adults in Delaware has increased by 12.2 percent from 2000 to 2011, according to a Bloomberg study.

This jump was the largest of all states during this time. During this time, Delaware fell from the fourth least obese state in the country to the 19th most obese on the list.

Nearby, Maryland was ranked in 18th place with a smaller increase of 8.1 percent. In 2000, they were less obese, in 25th place.

Delmar High School student, Travis Gilmore, has lost 50 pounds and said that being overweight had a major impact on his life.

"It was tough because you always look at yourself in the mirror and you're never happy," Gilmore said. "And then, you know that you aren't healthy."

Gilmore said that he lost the weight by cutting down on fast food and by spending more time at the gym. Ira Stavely, the Personal Trainer and manager of "Anytime Fitness," is the owner of that gym, and says that Delaware can reverse this trend. 

"Delaware can turn it around," Stavely said. "We just need to get it back in the gym and eating healthier, and not eating so much fast food. I know it's there and quick and easy."

Brian Tingle, of Delmar, said that he lost 65 pounds when he quit fast food and started exercising regularly.

"It's definitely a choice," Tingle said. "And you have to make it a habit. It's not easy."

To see the complete rankings of obesity levels nationwide, click here, for Bloomberg's Visual Data.

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