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New research issues dire warnings about Americans and obesity, while a recent Gallup poll lists the slimmest states in the country.

Colorado is the trimmest state in the nation.

Only 20% of Coloradans residents are obese, according to research conducted last year, based on interviews with 177,237 Americans. The data included Body Mass Index, age and weight.

Other slimmer states are Utah (21.6% obesity), Connecticut (21.7% obesity), and California (22.1 % obesity).

West Virginia tipped the scales as the chunkiest state — 34% of the people are obese.

Research shows that the U.S. is losing the battle of the bulge.

According to the Lancet research, by 2030 — 50 to 51% of American men and 45 to 52% of American women will be obese, adding as many as 65 million to the country’s population of obese adults.

Last year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a report ranking the fattest and fittest nations. The US topped the list with the most overweight and obese adults, but Mexico, Australia, and Canada also were cited as having populations exceeding 60% overweight.

The World Health Organization (WHO) spells out the basics for keeping your waistline in check:

* Shift fat consumption away from saturated fats to unsaturated fats

* Eat more of fruit and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts

* Limit the intake of sugars

* Increase physical activity (at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days.

* More activity may be required for weight control)

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