The State of Obesity: How Does Your State Stack Up?

5 Mar

The State of Obesity: How Does Your State Stack Up?

Is Montana the last and least fat frontier?

A new study on self-reported height and weight called the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index shows that more than 2 in 10 adults were obese in every state in 2013, except for Montana.

The 10 most obese states were:

  • Mississippi (35.4% obesity)
  • West Virginia (34.4%)
  • Delaware (34.3%)
  • Louisiana (32.7%)
  • Arkansas (32.3%)
  • South Carolina (31.4%)
  • Tennessee (31.3%)
  • Ohio (30.9%)
  • Kentucky (30.6%)
  • Oklahoma (30.5%)

The 10 states with lowest obesity rates were:

  • Montana (19.6%)
  • Colorado (20.4%)
  • Nevada (21.1%)
  • Minnesota (22.0%)
  • Massachusetts (22.2%)
  • Connecticut (23.2%)
  • New Mexico (23.5%)
  • California (23.6%)
  • Hawaii (23.7%)
  • New York (24.0%)

Overall US obesity ticked up to a nationwide 27.1%.

Not surprisingly, those living in the 10 most obese states were also more likely to have higher rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, cancer, and heart attacks than were those living in the 10 least obese states.

The only good news? Those in the 10 least obese states report higher healthy eating occurrences and exercise.

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