These are the most overweight states in the US – The Hill

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  • Colorado was found to be the weakest and most difficult state.

  • More than 42 percent of adults in the United States are currently obese and nearly one-quarter are overweight, according to the CDC.

  • The rising numbers are due to a combination of genetics and environmental factors, as well as lack of exercise and eating too much unhealthy unprocessed food.

West Virginia is the most overweight and obese state in the country, according to a new report from WalletHub.

It is followed by Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas and Alabama, respectively.

CDC data shows that nearly three-quarters of US adults age 20 or older are overweight, while 42 percent are obese. Fees have also been rising in recent years, putting pressure on the country’s health system.

WalletHub researchers compiled a list based on 31 metrics organized into three categories: obesity and obesity; health consequences; and food and health. These categories included factors such as rates of sugary drink consumption among young people and obesity-related health care costs.

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Tennessee, Louisiana, Delaware, Oklahoma and South Carolina rounded out the top 10 most obese and overweight states.

On the other hand, Colorado was the weakest and densest state, along with Utah, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Hawaii.

The findings are similar to WalletHub’s previous analysis, ranking the highest and lowest in the country. The list ranked Washington, Massachusetts, Utah and Vermont at the top and found that the southeastern states were the healthiest overall.

The CDC defines being overweight as having a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 30. A BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. However, some experts argue that BMI is not the best way to measure body fat because it cannot distinguish between bone density, muscle mass and body fat.

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Based on the percentage of obese adults alone, the top five states were Wyoming; New Jersey; Arizona; California; and Tennessee.

The percentage of obese adults was highest in West Virginia; Alabama; Kentucky; Oklahoma; and Mississippi.

New York and Ohio were tied for the highest percentage of obese children.

Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for adverse health outcomes including diabetes, heart disease and chronic kidney disease, among other serious conditions. Overweight and obese people are also at a higher risk of dying from all causes.

It is estimated that obesity costs the health system approximately $173 billion each year, while the increased prevalence has led to increased profits for the weight loss industry and of food.

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Both environmental and genetic factors contribute to overweight and obesity, while many public health measures are associated with different rates among different groups of people.

But increasing consumption of healthy foods can help reverse patterns, as can increasing physical activity. According to data from the Physical Activity Council, more than 70 million Americans age 6 and older were not fully active in 2021.

In addition, when it comes to losing weight, some experts emphasize the need to change the focus from weight to individual health.

“The biggest mistake people make is focusing on weight,” Fatma G. Huffman, a professor in the department of dietetics and nutrition at Florida International University, told WalletHub.

“Weight concerns should be directed at focusing on health, not weight.”


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