Fattest State In America: Mississippi tops list

By on Aug 15, 2012 in Health, Science, United States, World Comments

Mississippi is the fattest state in America according to the result of the latest statistical analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study says that Colorado is found to be the slimmest state in America.

The obesity rate of 34.9 percent in Mississippi is reportedly the highest in the US.

Meanwhile, Mississippi is only one of 12 states in America with over 30 percent of the population that are overweight.

In a statement, Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), explained that “Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced.”

Levi conducted the obesity study with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The results of the study were taken from the 2011 CDC data of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey.

On the positive note, Levi said that “The good news is that we have a growing body of evidence and approaches that we know can help reduce obesity, improve nutrition and increase physical activity based on making healthier choices easier for Americans. The bad news is we’re not investing anywhere near what we need to in order to bend the obesity curve and see the returns in terms of health and savings.”

Below is the complete list of obesity rates in the US as provided by CDC. The list was sorted in descending order from the highest to the least obese rate.

  1. Mississippi (34.9%)
  2. Louisiana (33.4%);
  3. West Virginia (32.4%)
  4. Alabama (32.0%)
  5. Michigan (31.3%)
  6. Oklahoma (31.1%)
  7. Arkansas (30.9%)
  8. Indiana (30.8%) and South Carolina (30.8%)
  9. Kentucky (30.4%) and Texas (30.4%)
  10. Missouri (30.3%)
  11. Kansas (29.6%) and Ohio (29.6%)
  12. Tennessee (29.2%) and Virginia (29.2%)
  13. North Carolina (29.1%)
  14. Iowa (29.0%)
  15. Delaware (28.8%)
  16. Pennsylvania (28.6%)
  17. Nebraska (28.4%)
  18. Maryland (28.3%)
  19. South Dakota (28.1%)
  20. Georgia (28.0%)
  21. Maine (27.8%) and North Dakota (27.8%)
  22. Wisconsin (27.7%)
  23. Alaska (27.4%)
  24. Illinois (27.1%)
  25. Idaho (27.0%)
  26. Oregon (26.7%)
  27. Florida (26.6%)
  28. Washington (26.5%)
  29. New Mexico (26.3%)
  30. New Hampshire (26.2%)
  31. Minnesota (25.7%)
  32. Rhode Island (25.4%) and Vermont (25.4%)
  33. Wyoming (25.0%)
  34. Arizona (24.7%)
  35. Montana (24.6%)
  36. Connecticut (24.5%), Nevada (24.5%) and New York (24.5%)
  37. Utah (24.4%)
  38. California (23.8%)
  39. District of Columbia (23.7%) and New Jersey (23.7%)
  40. Massachusetts (22.7%)
  41. Hawaii (21.8%)
  42. Colorado (20.7%)


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