Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » News

Fattest State in America 2012: How Obese is Your State?

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Aug 16, 2012 11:09 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

Obese
A North Carolina passenger complained to US Airways after she was forced to sit between two obese passengers on a flight from Charlotte to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The woman says the other passengers were so big that they spilled into her seat. (Photo : Reuters)

The fattest state in America has been revealed for 2012. The Trust for America's Health has released a list of the fattest and skinniest states in America, with Mississippi topping the scales for it's sixth year.

There is no doubt that obesity is a problem in America as more than 35 percent of adults are considered to be obese, with a Body Mass Index over 30.

The list of data was published in Trust of America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America' Future."  The information comes from 2011 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings. The information was acquired through phone surveys.

Share This Story

In 2011, Mississippi had a 34.9 percent obesity rate among its residents, making it the fattest state in America for the sixth year in a row. Colorado had the lowest percentage of obese residents at 20.7 percent. This means that not one state had less than 20 percent of obese residents. Twelve states have obesity rates over 30 percent. Only one state was above 30 percent just four years ago.

Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity percentage are located in the South or Midwest.

"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," said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, TFAH executive director.

"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," Dr. Levi continued.

The report revealed how much the rate of obesity has grown over the past two decades. Twenty years ago, not one state had an obesity rate over 15 percent. Now more than two out of three states, 38 altogether, have an obesity percentage above 25.

"Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995," said Levi. "There was a clear tipping point in our national weight gain over the last twenty years, and we can't afford to ignore the impact obesity has on our health and corresponding health care spending."

Obesity, which can cause problems like diabetes, heart conditions, and high blood pressure, is a massive problem today. The amount of people diagnosed with diabetes has grown significantly since 1995. Diabetes rates hve doubled in eight states. While only four states had diabetes rates over 6 percent in 1995, 43 states have rates over 7 percent today and 32 have rates above 8 percent. In 1995, 37 states had hypertension rates over 20 percent. Today, every state is over 20 percent.

"The information in this report should spur us all -- individuals and policymakers alike -- to redouble our efforts to reverse this debilitating and costly epidemic," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO, in a statement. "Changing policies is an important way to provide children and families with vital resources and opportunities to make healthier choices easier in their day-to-day lives."

Here is the list of obesity rates across the country according to the CDC. The rates are listed from highest to lowest. A person is considered obese when they have a BMI over 30.

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. (tie) Indiana (30.8%); and South Carolina (30.8%)

10. (tie) Kentucky (30.4%); and Texas (30.4%)

12. Missouri (30.3%);

13. (tie) Kansas (29.6%); and Ohio (29.6%)

15. (tie) Tennessee (29.2%); and Virginia (29.2%)

17. North Carolina (29.1%)

18. Iowa (29.0%)

19. Delaware (28.8%)

20. Pennsylvania (28.6%)

21. Nebraska (28.4%)

22. Maryland (28.3%)

23. South Dakota (28.1%)

24. Georgia (28.0%)

25. (tie) Maine (27.8%); and North Dakota (27.8%)

27. Wisconsin (27.7%)

28. Alaska (27.4%)

29. Illinois (27.1%)

30. Idaho (27.0%)

31. Oregon (26.7%)

32. Florida (26.6%)

33. Washington (26.5%)

34. New Mexico (26.3%)

35. New Hampshire (26.2%)

36. Minnesota (25.7%)

37. (tie) Rhode Island (25.4%); and Vermont (25.4%)

39. Wyoming (25.0%)

40. Arizona (24.7%)

41. Montana (24.6%)

42. (tie) Connecticut (24.5%); Nevada (24.5%); and New York (24.5%)

45. Utah (24.4%)

46. California (23.8%)

47. (tie) District of Columbia (23.7%); and New Jersey (23.7%)

49. Massachusetts (22.7%)

50. Hawaii (21.8%);

51. Colorado (20.7%).

 

 

© 2014 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

ADVERTISEMENT

Travel Tips

Blogs help you keep your family and friends updated.

So You Want to Write a Travel Blog? A Guide

So you do want to write a travel blog? Do not worry, it is not as hard as it seems. There are a few things, however, that you should keep in mind while creating, writing, and keeping up your blog. Here is a helpful guide to get you started.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines Loses Dog, Owner Left Clueless: Should He Sue Delta For Misplacing 'Very Precious Cargo?'

Delta Airlines loses dog after misplacing the dog owner's precious cargo on one of its recent flights. Now the owner is upset since he is left clueless by the airlines on what really happened to his pet.

columbus farmers market veggies

Columbus Farmers Market Fire: Spectacular Blaze Fueled By High Winds Severely Damages Sprawling Building In Burlington County

Strong winds fueled a growing flame leading to severe damages to a sprawling building at Columbus Farmers Market.

See pandas up close and personal at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Up Close and Personal with Giant Pandas: Chengdu is Calling

Settled in Southwest China is the city of Chengdu. It has lots of beautiful gardens and structures, but what it is most well known for is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The research base is just outside the city center and gives tourists a chance to see giant pandas up close in a truly unique way.

Massive Delays, All Flights Halted At Chicago's O'Hare and Midway international airports due to air traffic control fire

Chicago Plane Crash 2014: Pilot Dies, Elderly Couple Miraculously Survive, What Led To Crash?

Chicago plane crash 2014 – Shortly after taking off at the Midway Airport Tuesday morning, a twin-engine cargo plane had crashed at the Southwest Side home. The plane's driver has been confirmed dead while the residents of the home, being an elderly couple, had miraculously survived.

Thai royal flag

Thai Radio Host Jailed: Five-Year Prison Sentence For Monarch Defamation, No Room For Appeal In Military Court?

A Thai radio host jailed recently was put behind bars for five years due to royal defamation, according to his lawyer Tuesday. The Thai radio host jailed is reportedly one of the first sentences passed by a military court for breaching the Lese Majeste Law since a May coup.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay: Fake Reservations At New Restaurant Are Part Of Rival's 'Sabotage' Plan

Gordon Ramsay got fake reservations in his restaurant and they were apparently from his rival restaurant.

Holiday Getaway

Why You Should Head To Europe For Your Next Holiday Getaway!

Thinking of traveling this Thanksgiving and Christmas season? But afraid spending much too much over your next last-minute getaway? Here are some of the best tips to follow if you intend to save much while enjoying the perfect European holiday getaway.

New York Pot Arrests

New York Pot Arrests: New Policy Promotes Summonses Instead Of Arrests Since Officers Want To Focus On Other Crimes

New York pot arrests are going to be different this time around after a few changes on the city's marijuana policy have been made.

USS Ross Sailors Attacked By Turkey Youth Union In Istanbul

USS Ross Sailors Attacked By Turkish Mob In Istanbul, Bags Placed Over Heads?

USS Ross sailors attacked by about 20 political activists happened in Istanbul Wednesday. Members of the Turkish Youth Union hurled objects at them, chased the three men and at one point, placed a bag over one of the heads of the USS Ross sailors attacked.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2014 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics