Mississippi has been crowned America’s fattest state, by two separate studies, although opinions are mixed regarding which state is the leanest.
One of the surveys was published on WalletHub, a platform operated by Evolution Finance, which provides personal finance solutions.
Metrics such as body mass index, amount of physical exercise, weight-related health issues (diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol) and consumption of sugar and fats were taken into account.
According to researchers, the Magnolia state is once again the fattest in the United States. The second in the ranking of states where obesity and overweight prevalence is the highest was considered to be Louisiana; completing the trio was West Virginia.
It must also be noted that most of the 10 fattest states in America are from the South, such examples being Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky and Alabama. Other states which have the dubious honor of having made the top 10 are Oklahoma and North Dakota.
When it comes to obesity distribution, the most affected states are Mississippi and West Virginia, whereas the highest proportion of overweight locals is encountered in Nevada and Alaska.
Childhood obesity is at its most significant percentage in Mississippi and South Carolina, while the number of overweight kids is the greatest in North Dakota and Louisiana.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is Hawaii which has been declared the slimmest and fittest of all states. Other states with a lower percentage of overweight and obese people are Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Utah.
Generally, most of the areas where residents have normal body weights are located on the U.S. coast, it has been reported.
A similar survey, released by CalorieLab Inc., has also revealed that Mississippi is the fattest state, for the 10th consecutive year, while Colorado, Washington and Hawaii are the thinnest.
In fact, another study published the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in JAMA Internal Medicine has warned that approximately three-quarters of the population of the United States is at least overweight, if not already obese.
Alarming statistics claim that the number of obese people, whose body mass index (BMI) is over 30, has surpassed that of overweight people, who have a BMI between 25 and 29.9.
Researchers believe that this obesity epidemic is closely associated with preference for sedentary lifestyles, and with unhealthy daily diets.
For example, according to WalletHub, approximately 83 million Americans (the equivalent of 26% of the population) were reported to be “completely inactive” in 2014, a baffling number that has grown significantly since 2007.
When it comes to detrimental eating habits such as having less than 1 serving of fruits and veggies per day, West Virginia is considered to house the highest percentage of people with unhealthy diets. Louisiana is ranked second in terms of less health-conscious consumers, while Mississippi is considered to be the third.
Overall, it is clearly observable that states where healthy eating isn’t the norm are also the ones who struggle the most with weight problems.
These findings are especially relevant now, during National Diabetes Awareness Month, given the fact that excess pounds are considered to be a primary risk factor for this metabolic disorder.
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