It’s a Top 10 list you want to avoid……and Arizona managed to do just that. WalletHub just released a ranking of the most obese states in America and our state checked in at number 30. Better than many, but there is still work to do.
It’s a well-documented phenomenon that Americans have a weight problem, with more than 70 percent of U.S. adults over the age of 20 categorized as either overweight or obese. However, when broken down by state (and the District of Columbia), it seems the crisis is bigger in certain states.
The “2017’s Fattest States in America” WalletHub ranking found Mississippi to be the heavyweight at No. 1, followed by West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. The least fat state was Colorado.
According to MedicalDaily.com, “The metrics included the prevalence of obesity and being overweight, weight-related health consequences and food and fitness data. The metrics were weighted in that order.
Despite knowing the potential risks of the being obese, many individuals are not keen on making any positive lifestyle changes as evidenced by the still growing number.
In the United States, childhood and teen obesity rates remain high, which means that efforts to curb it are not effective. The latest data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that as much as 70.7 percent of adults aged 20 and older and 9.4 percent of children as young as 2 to 5 years old are obese.
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
Some of those same states came into play when looking at the next generation as well. The highest percentage of overweight children can be found in North Dakota, Kansas, Florida, Tennessee, and South Dakota. The highest percentage of obese children are found in Mississippi, Texas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Rhode Island.
Our state finished as the 30th most obese state, but WalletHub also looked at the Top 100 most obese cities in our country. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale ranked 57th, while Tucson came in at number 79.
Share your thoughts on this new report and how you think Arizona can crack the “least obese” top 10. Do you have some innovative ideas that you believe could make a difference? Let us know what they are! Generating meaningful dialogue around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!