Obesity - Where does your state rank?

Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Pro
  • In 2010 rural Mississippi had the most obese residents for the 7th year in a row. This is according to an annual obesity report published by two public health groups.

     

    Can you guess the thinnest state? Yep, Colorado.

     

    The results of the annual obesity report get worse every year. American's are getting heavier and heavier as time passes. Here's an interesting fact that was pointed out:

     

    In Colorado in 2010, 19.8% of the adult population was considered obese. Back in 1995, this would have meant Colorado was the heaviest state in the U.S.

     

    It's pretty scary how quickly things change in just 15 years.

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    According to the study results, the states that struggle the most with obesity are located in the South.

     

    Here are the 12 states with an obesity rate of greater than 30%:

     

    1. Mississippi - 34.4&
    2. Alabama - 32.3%
    3. West Virginia - 32.2%
    4. Tennessee - 31.9%
    5. Louisiana - 31.6%
    6. Kentucky 31.5%
    7. Oklahoma - 31.4%
    8. South Carolina - 30.9%
    9. Arkansas - 30.6%
    10. Michigan - 30.5%
    11. Missouri - 30.3%
    12. Texas - 30.1%

     

    Can you believe in 2006, Mississippi was the only state above 30%?

     

    Here are the 12 thinnest states:

     

    1. Colorado - 19.8%
    2. District of Columbia - 21.7%
    3. Connecticut - 21.8%
    4. Massachusetts - 22.3%
    5. Hawaii - 23.1%
    6. Utah - 23.4%
    7. Vermont - 23.5%
    8. Montana - 23.8%
    9. New Jersey - 24.1%
    10. Rhode Island - 24.3%
    11. New York - 24.7%
    12. California - 24.8%


    What do you think is contributing to this trend?

     

    Bigger portion sizes
    Greater dependence on fast food
    Higher intake of processed foods
    Decreased physical education and activity in schools
    Unhealthy school lunches
    More sedentary lifestyles (cars, computers, video games)

     

    I'm just throwing out some of my thoughts; I'd love to hear yours.

     

    What can we do about it?

     

    This is probably the more important question. This last study showed that no state successfully reduced its level of adult obesity. If you are struggling to lose weight, what do you need to be successful?

     

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Published On: July 16, 2011