There’s no question that America has a problem with obesity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued statistics that showed more than 71 percent of adults (20 and older) were overweight, with almost 40 percent defined as obese. (For reference, the CDC defines overweight as an adult with a body mass index between 25 and 29.9, and obese as a BMI of 30 or higher.)
So we know it’s a wide-spread problem, but where is it worst? That’s what WalletHub set to find out. The personal finance website crunched the numbers over 25 key metrics for the 50 states and the District of Columbia and came up with “2018’s Fattest States in America.”
Mississippi topped the list, followed by West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Southeast also had Louisiana (6), Alabama (7) and South Carolina (8). Mississippi also had the highest percentage of adults eating less than one serving of fruits/vegetables per day, the highest percentage of adults with high blood pressure, and the second worst number for adults with Type 2 diabetes.
Idaho had the highest percentage of overweight adults, while Mississippi had the highest among obese adults. North Dakota had the highest percentage of overweight kids, and Mississippi had the top rate for obese children.
The least fat were Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
In case you were interested in the individual rankings, here you go:
Fattest states in the U.S.
2. West Virginia
8. South Carolina
17. North Carolina
22. Rhode Island
27. North Dakota
32. New Mexico
33. South Dakota
35. New Hampshire
37. New York
41. New Jersey
47. District of Columbia
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