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New study ranks Michigan in top 10 fattest states

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Michigan is in the top 10 on a list no state wants to be on - most obese states in the country.

With that, comes a slew of medical problems and sky-high healthcare costs.

Michigan ranked 10 on the list and its location bucks the trend. Michigan is the only state on the list that is outside of the southeast.

Nearly one-third of Michiganders are medically obese. The average person in the state spends more than $10,000 per year on health care costs.

The state is also in the top 20 of premature deaths.

The state's obesity rate has hovered slightly above 30 percent for the past five years, bouncing in and out of the top 10 list. That's up from just 17 percent 20 years ago.

Obesity has played a large role in serious medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Michigan sees the fifth most deaths per year per capita.

Nearly 50,000 people died of heart disease in Michigan in the past two years, according to the American Heart Association. That is the leading cause of death in the state.

Two out of every three people who died from heart disease were overweight.

View how all of the states ranked here.

>>Slideshow: Top 10 fattest states<<

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