While downing a bag of Tostitos tortilla chips and salsa, I saw the numbers came in for states with the highest obesity rates and…I continued eating. But cut me some slack, I’m eating grapes now. Anywho, all in all, Mississippi came out on top with the highest proportion of obese adults at 34.9 percent and Colorado had the least with a 20.7 percentage rate. This isn’t the first time the state has been put on the spot for its obesity rates, as it has claimed this title in the previous six years. If that wasn’t enough, it seems that that southern and Midwestern states took up most of the high obesity list, with 26 of the 30 states with the highest rates coming from both parts of the country. For instance, the top 10 states for obesity, to name a few, included Louisiana, Alabama, Michigan, Indiana, South Carolina, and even Texas and Kentucky tying for the tenth spot.
On top of that, while those with higher income were more likely to be obese, to be specific, women of lower income were more likely to be obese than women with a higher income, according to the CDC.
On the lower end of the spectrum, states with the lowest rates of obesity included (aside from Colorado), Hawaii, California, New York, New Jersey, and D.C. The study was done by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was actually conducted over the phone. Jeffrey Lavi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health had this to say about the good news and the bad news that comes from the findings:
“The good news is that we have a growing body of evidence and approaches that we know can help reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity based on making healthier choices easier for Americans. The bad news is we’re not investing anywhere near what we need to in order to bend the obesity curve and see the returns in terms of health and savings.”
According to the CDC, and from the Daily Mail, “the latest report on obesity-related medical bills, from 2011, found that in 2006 costs totaled $147 billion, the majority of which was spent treating diseases such as diabetes.”
Of course, this test was based around the whole body mass index calculations, which damn near make everyone out to be obese. But I think we all know when we’re teetering above having some extra curves on our frame and being unhealthy, even if we don’t want to admit it. Hopefully this study will push more people all over, not just in the most obese states, to do more in the way of eating healthier and making better decisions. That way the next time a study like this takes place, the rates for every state on the list will be a whole lot lower. Check out more of the findings and where your state stands at the Center for Disease Control‘s website.
A few of the most obese states:
1. Mississippi 34.9
2. Louisiana 33.4
3. West Virinia 32.4
4. Alabama 32.0
5. Michigan 31.3
6. Oklahoma 31.1
7. Arkansas 30.9
8. Indiana (tie) 30.8
8. South Carolina 30.8
10. Kentucky (tie) 30.4
10. Texas 30.4
And a few of the least obese states:
1. Colorado 20.7
2. Hawaii 21.8
3. Massachusetts 22.7
4. New Jersey (tie) 23.7
4. District of Columbia 23.7
5. California 23.8
6. Utah 24.4
7. New York (tie) 24.5
7. Connecticut 24.5
7. Nevada 24.5
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