The “fatness” of each state has been revealed in a report compiled by WalletHub, a personal finance website.
States in the southeast dominated the list, with Mississippi coming in first place with West Virginia and Kentucky in second and third, respectively.
Utah was ranked the “least fat,” while people in the state of Louisiana are most likely to skimp on fruit and vegetables.
According to WalletHub, the five states with the highest percentage of obese adults (defined as those with a BMI above 30) were West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Iowa.
Colorado had the lowest percentage of obese adults, followed by the District of Columbia, Hawaii, California and Montana.
This reflects the latest numbers published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which show Colorado, Hawaii and the District of Columbia are the only U.S. states and territory to have fewer than one-in-four adults with obesity.
California, Montana and 15 other states in the west and northwest (plus Guam) were found to have self-reported obesity levels between 25 and 30 percent. While 9 states (including West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Iowa) had self-reported obesity levels above 35 percent.
Despite coming in third place in WalletHub’s report, the CDC found Oklahoma has a self-reported obesity rate between 30 and 35 percent.
According to the CDC, there are no states or U.S. territories with adult self-reported obesity rates below 20 percent.
Self-reported obesity rates in the U.S. have risen since 2011. Nine years ago, no states had levels above 35 percent.
WalletHub’s list was created using data from various government and academic sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and the CDC.
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