Americans needs to slim down and take better care of themselves. It is a fact that is reported in the news on a yearly basis, and it is one that is based on multiple pieces of information. Back in September of 2015, The State of Obesity updated its list of adult obesity rates by states in the country. The data that is presented is alarming in many ways, and things may even actually be worse than what is offered by the website. The State of Obesity made sure to point out that the body mass index numbers may be inaccurate “because people tend to underreport their weight and exaggerate their height.”
In total, 20 of the 50 states and also the District of Columbia registered adult obesity rates of at least 30.2 percent. 17 different states managed to exceed that mark. Every state that is mentioned among the 10 supposed “fattest states in America” were responsible for adult obesity rates of over 32 percent, and the top three states checked in with obesity rates of over 35 percent. While hitting out at “body shamers” has become a common practice on the Internet, and for legitimate reasons, it is not offensive to suggest that people living in the United States as a whole need to make smarter choices about what we eat and also about how much we exercise on a weekly basis.
10 South Carolina: 32.1 Percent Adult Obesity Rate
9 North Dakota: 32.2 Percent
8 Ohio: 32.6 Percent
7 Indiana: 32.7 Percent
6 Oklahoma: 33 Percent
5 Alabama: 33.5 Percent
4 Louisiana: 34.9 Percent
3 Mississippi: 35.5 Percent
2 West Virginia: 35.7 Percent
West Virginia is an anomaly for adult obesity rates when compared to its neighbors. Maryland, for example, had an adult obesity rate of 29.6 percent. Virginia was even lower and at 28.5 percent. Of West Virginia's neighbors, only Ohio checked in among the top ten fattest states in America. The Washington Times offered further information about obesity among residents living in West Virginia:
"Obesity was prevalent in about 40 percent of West Virginians ages 26 to 64, 31 percent of residents age 65 and older, and 21 percent of those ages 18 to 25. The report ranks West Virginia first in adult diabetes and high blood pressure."
1 Arkansas: 35.9 Percent
Arkansas nearly edged-out both West Virginia and Mississippi to “win” the right to be called the fattest state in America. According to KATV.com, Dr. Christopher Pittman blamed the food consumed by people in the state for Arkansas having such a high obesity rate.
"Food in the south, there's a feeling associated with it," said Dr. Pittman. "There's that family, the camaraderie - and a lot of our activities are centered around food."
Pittman said foods in the south tend to be fried, sugary and overall higher in fat. Some of the top grossing restaurants in the state tend to be fast food establishments and buffets.
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