See where your state lands on list of fattest states in America

Posted on: November 7, 2018 | Written By: admin | Comments

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.

Source: WalletHub

In case you were interested in the individual rankings, here you go:

Fattest states in the U.S.

1. Mississippi

2. West Virginia

3. Arkansas

4. Kentucky

5. Tennessee

6. Louisiana

7. Alabama

8. South Carolina

9. Oklahoma

10. Texas

11. Indiana

12. Ohio

13. Delaware

14. Georgia

15. Michigan

16. Missouri

17. North Carolina

18. Iowa

19. Maine

20. Kansas

21. Wisconsin

22. Rhode Island

23. Nebraska

24. Maryland

25. Pennsylvania

26. Wyoming

27. North Dakota

28. Illinois

29. Florida

30. Alaska

31. Virginia

32. New Mexico

33. South Dakota

34. Washington

35. New Hampshire

36. Arizona

37. New York

38. Minnesota

39. Nevada

40. Idaho

41. New Jersey

42. Oregon

43. Vermont

44. Connecticut

45. Montana

46. California

47. District of Columbia

48. Massachusetts

49. Hawaii

50. Utah

51. Colorado

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