Fattest States: South Dominates List

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Fattest states – you will not believe which ones top the list – JK –  via WalletHub

“Fat” may be the new normal in America. Drawing on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a report from JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than three quarters of American adults today are either overweight or obese. And for the first time in history, the number of obese people has surpassed that of the overweight. In the past two decades, especially, America’s weight problem has grown dramatically, inspiring a surge of new programs and products designed to promote better health and help Americans shed the extra pounds.


With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and Americans collectively spending up to $315.8 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatment, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2016’s Fattest States in America.

New statistics published by the Physical Activity Council suggest a need for more aggressive efforts to combat the issue. In 2015, about 81.6 million Americans were completely inactive. In addition to factors such as genetics, emotional instability and sleeplessness, lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of obesity.

In order to encourage America to tip the scale back to good health, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics. They range from “percentage of adults and children who are overweight and obese” to “sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents.”

Top 20 Fattest States
1 Mississippi 11 Delaware
2 Louisiana 12 Indiana
3 Arkansas 13 Arizona
4 Kentucky 14 North Dakota
5 Tennessee 15 New Mexico
6 West Virginia 16 Georgia
7 South Carolina 17 Michigan
8 Alabama 18 Ohio
9 Texas 19 Kansas
10 Oklahoma 20 Missouri

Key Stats

  • Colorado has the lowest percentage of obese adults, 21.3 percent, which is 1.7 times lower than in Arkansas, the state with the highest at 35.9 percent.
  • Colorado has the lowest percentage of physically inactive adults, 16.4 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 31.6 percent.
  • Colorado has the lowest percentage of diabetic adults, 6.8 percent, which is 2.2 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 14.7 percent.
  • Minnesota has the lowest percentage of adults with high blood pressure, 25.2 percent, which is 1.5 times lower than in Louisiana and Mississippi, the states with the highest, both at 38.0 percent.

To view the full report and your state’s or the District’s ranking, please visit:

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