Updated September 2018: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three adults has hypertension (or high blood pressure), which is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. Approximately 30% of hypertension cases may be attributable to obesity, and the figure may be as high as 60% in men under age 45. People who are overweight also are more likely to have hypertension. The most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) finds that nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension are in the South. West Virginia has the highest rate at 43.5%.
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3 What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity? In National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (accessed May 2010).