The Fattest States In America. Are We On the List?
November is Diabetes Awareness month, a good time for some people to re-examine their diets and lifestyle. The personal finance website WalletHub has done some research into which states in the country might be considered the fattest states and the results might surprise you.
Which would you guess would be the states with the highest obesity rates? In the northeast? In the Great Lakes states?. Wrong and wrong. Think of it this way; eight of the top 10 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Central time zone.
Mississippi was the overall winner if you can call it that. In fact four of the top five were all located adjacent to each other in the deep south; Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee.
To come up with their findings WalletHub used 19 different categories measuring such things as diet, exercise, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Mississippi had the highest percentage of physically inactive adults, obese children, adults with high blood pressure and adults eating less than one serving of fruits and vegetables a day.
New York was well down the list of Fattest States, coming in at #35. The leanest state was Colorado.
Check out the complete report to find out the rankings of all the other states.