As we move into the holidays we have to face a tempting buffet of delicious foods. So maybe it makes sense that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. And if you need more motivation to stick to your diet keep this in mind: more than two thirds of American adults being either obese or overweight.
Who is the fattest of them all? The personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis to rank 50 states and the District of Columbia across 12 key metrics (including the percentage of people who are overweight and how much sugary-beverages adolescents consume) to determine where weight issues are most prevalent.
The result is a report, 2015’s Fattest States in America.
States with the Biggest Weight Problems
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
- North Dakota
States with the Smallest Weight Problems
- 42. Minnesota
- 43. Oregon
- 44 Vermont
- 45 Connecticut
- 46 Montana
- 47 Utah
- 48 Massachusetts
- 49 New Jersey
- 50 Colorado
- 51 Hawaii
Some interesting findings:
- The percentage of adults who are obese in West Virginia is two times higher than in Colorado.
- The percentage of children who are obese in Mississippi is two times higher than in Oregon.
- The percentage of residents who are physically inactive in Mississippi is two times higher than in Colorado.
- The percentage of people with diabetes in West Virginia is two times higher than in Utah.
- The death rate due to obesity in New Mexico is three times higher than in Alabama.
For the full report and to see where your state ranks, click here.