Thursday, July 07, 2011

Which States are the Fattest?

Obesity Rates are exploding in the USA! Sad, but true.
20 years ago not a single state had an obesity rate over 15%. Now ALL 50 states are over that!

Mississippi, where 34.4 percent of the people are obese, has the highest obesity rate. Other states with obesity rates above 30 percent include: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. Thirty-eight other states have obesity rates above 25 percent.

Other highlights of the report include:

The number of adults who do not exercise rose across 14 states.
Obesity among men is up in nine states, but dropped for women in Nevada.
Obesity prevalence varies with education and income. The least educated and the poorest had the highest rates of obesity; college graduates had the lowest.

For the second year in a row, obesity rates rose in Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rhode Island and Texas.

And, for the third year straight, more residents of Florida, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont tipped the scale toward obesity.

Colorado, with an obesity rate of 19.8 percent, is the only state where the rate is less than 20 percent, the investigators found.

Bottom line--- We all need to eat less and exercise more. We need to learn to reach for healthier, nutrition packed food instead of junk food. It is not too late to make a change so we can change these obesity statistics.

Deborah Mumm

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