A recent study has crunched a whole lot of numbers in order to find out which states in the US are the unhealthiest and have the highest percentage of obese residents.
Stereotypes are a part of our society. That's not necessarily a good thing, but there is no disputing they exist. When particular groups of people come up in conversation, there are certain things most people instantly think about. We just can't help ourselves. They are often unfair but they do exist for a reason.
British people, for example, have been dubbed with the stereotype of having poor dental hygiene. The stereotypes aren't always bad, though. Germans are often assumed to be punctual and efficient. But what about Americans? The likelihood is that many of you reading this right now are from the US. What do you think springs to the minds of people around the world when they think of the average American?
Unfortunately, it's their weight. Americans are often seen as eating unhealthily and being out of shape by the rest of the world. Sadly, WalletHub has produced some statistics to back up that stereotype. The personal-finance website reported that more than seven out of ten Americans are either overweight or obese. That's a staggering statistic and one that really needs to change.
WalletHub's research goes even deeper and the site wanted to know which states are home to the most overweight and obese Americans. Bad news Mississippi residents, your state came top overall and also in many of the sub-categories. West Virginia came in second and Arkansas rounded out the top three. Good news for those of you living in Colorado, the research discovered it to be the healthiest state in the US. If you want to find out where your state ranks then click here.
Trying to change these damning statistics is more than just attempting to shake off a stereotype. Obesity-related issues and illnesses cost almost $200 billion a year. The statistics surrounding diabetes in America are also pretty alarming. 7.6% of US citizens have diabetes and as many as one in three people have prediabetes. The disease is currently the 7th biggest killer in the country. What better time than right now, during National Diabetes Awareness Month, to begin your own personal battle against the disease.