West Virginia fattest state in the U.S.
Obesity is a national epidemic. Every state is affected, and nationally about 26 percent of Americans are considered obese. However, according to the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey, some states definitely are in better shape than others. At the heavy end of the spectrum is West Virginia, with an obesity rate of 33.5 percent. On the opposite end of the range is Colorado, which has an obesity rate 15 percent below West Virginia’s.
The 2012 survey reflected little change in its data from years past. The national rate of obesity ticked up slightly to 26.2 percent from 26.1 percent in 2011. And only four states saw changes. Obesity rates went up in New Jersey, North Carolina and Georgia, and down slightly in Delaware.
Most of the states with the highest obesity rates are in the South, with Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee coming right behind West Virginia. By contrast, obesity rates tend to be lower west of the Rockies, with Colorado, Montana, California, Utah, Arizona, Idaho and Washington among those states with the 10 lowest rates.. Northeast states Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey round out the top 10 lowest obesity states.
The survey also found that West Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama had the three highest rates of adults with high blood pressure, and Mississippi, West Virginia and Alabama ranked one-two-three in diabetes rates.