America keeps getting fatter

August 28, 2007

In the latest Trust for America’s Health study, America’s obesity rate continues to creep higher. 31 states have seen an increase in obesity rates, while no states have shown any decline.

The rankings show a clear bias towards the South (guess the “Bible Belt” is adding on a few more inches) and Mid-West as the “belly fat” of the US. Will we ever see a reversal of this?

Rank

State

% of obese adults

1

Mississippi

30.6

2

West Virginia

29.8

3

Alabama

29.4

4

Louisiana

28.2

5

South Carolina

27.8

6

Tennessee

27.8

7

Kentucky

27.5

8

Arkansas

27

9

Indiana

26.8

10

Michigan

26.8

11

Oklahoma

26.8

12

Missouri

26.3

13

Texas

26.3

14

Georgia

26.1

15

Ohio

26

16

Alaska

25.8

17

North Carolina

25.6

18

Nebraska

25.4

19

North Dakota

25.1

20

Iowa

24.9

21

South Dakota

24.9

22

Wisconsin

24.8

23

Pennsylvania

24.5

24

Virginia

24.5

25

Illinois

24.4

26

Maryland

24.4

27

Kansas

24.3

28

Minnesota

23.7

29

Delaware

23.6

30

Oregon

23.3

31

Idaho

23.2

32

Washingon

23.2

33

Maine

23

34

Florida

22.9

35

Wyoming

22.8

36

California

22.7

37

Nevada

22.5

38

New Hampshire

22.4

39

New York

22.4

40

New Jersey

22.2

41

New Mexico

22

42

Arizona

21.7

43

Utah

21.1

44

Montana

20.7

45

Rhode Island

20.5

46

Connecticut

20.1

47

Hawaii

20.1

48

Vermont

20

49

Massachusetts

19.8

50

Colorado

17.6

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