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Most Obese States 2022

Obesity is considered an epidemic in the United States. Obesity is when an adult has a BMI of 30 or greater. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 39.8% of Americans were obese in 2015-2016, approximately 93 million people.

Bodyweight is the result of several factors such as overeating, lack of physical activity, genetics, culture, and metabolism. Obesity is linked to many health complications and diseases, such as early death, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and stroke. Thus, obesity prevalence is a significant factor in determining which states are the healthiest.

Obesity in the United States

There are some groups with higher obesity rates, according to the CDC. Overall, men and women with college degrees had a lower obesity prevalence than those who did not have a higher education. The prevalence of obesity was highest among middle-aged adults, ages 45-54 years old, at 37.6%, compared to young adults, ages 18-24, at 18.9%. Additionally, the prevalence of obesity is significantly higher among the non-Hispanic Black population than the non-Hispanic white or Hispanic populations.

All U.S. states reported obesity rates above 20% in 2019. Twelve states reported obesity rates above 35%. The Midwest and South had the highest obesity prevalence, with 33.9% and 33.3%, respectively.

Most Obese U.S. States

According to the CDC's most recent obesity numbers, the state with the highest obesity rate is Mississippi, with an obesity rate of 40.8%. Mississippi also has the shortest life expectancy among all states at 74.5 years. West Virginia has the second-highest obesity prevalence at 39.7% and the second-lowest life expectancy of 74.8 years.

Consumer Protect also released a Couch Potato Index, which ranks the 50 states by the percentage of adults who participate in zero physical activity, according to the CDC. Mississippi is second on this list, with 33.2% of adults engaging in zero physical activity. West Virginia ranks number eight on this list at 31.6%.

The least obese state in the United States are the District of Columbia and Colorado, with an obesity prevalence of 23.8% each. Coloradans are considered to be some of the most physically active people, with plenty of outdoor space and activities and better eating habits. Hawaii has the second-lowest obesity rate and the highest life expectancy in the U.S. of 81.5 years.

Here are the 10 states with the highest rates of obesity:

  1. Mississippi - 40.80%
  2. West Virginia - 39.70%
  3. Arkansas - 37.40%
  4. Oklahoma - 36.80%
  5. Kentucky - 36.50%
  6. Tennessee - 36.50%
  7. Alabama - 36.10%
  8. Michigan - 36.00%
  9. Louisiana - 35.90%
  10. South Carolina - 35.40%

Most Obese States 2022

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Most Obese States 2022

State Obesity Rate 2022 Pop.
Mississippi40.80%2,960,075
West Virginia39.70%1,781,860
Arkansas37.40%3,030,646
Oklahoma36.80%4,000,953
Kentucky36.50%4,539,130
Tennessee36.50%7,023,788
Alabama36.10%5,073,187
Michigan36.00%10,116,069
Louisiana35.90%4,682,633
South Carolina35.40%5,217,037
Indiana35.30%6,845,874
Kansas35.20%2,954,832
Missouri34.80%6,188,111
North Dakota34.80%800,394
Ohio34.80%11,852,036
Delaware34.40%1,008,350
Wisconsin34.20%5,935,064
Nebraska34.10%1,988,536
North Carolina34.00%10,620,168
Texas34.00%29,945,493
Iowa33.90%3,219,171
Pennsylvania33.20%13,062,764
Georgia33.10%10,916,760
South Dakota33.00%901,165
Maryland32.30%6,257,958
Virginia31.90%8,757,467
New Hampshire31.80%1,389,741
Maine31.70%1,369,159
New Mexico31.70%2,129,190
Illinois31.60%12,808,884
Arizona31.40%7,303,398
Nevada30.60%3,185,426
Alaska30.50%738,023
Minnesota30.10%5,787,008
Rhode Island30.00%1,106,341
Wyoming29.70%579,495
Idaho29.50%1,893,410
Utah29.20%3,373,162
Connecticut29.10%3,612,314
Oregon29.00%4,318,492
Montana28.30%1,103,187
Washington28.30%7,901,429
New Jersey27.30%9,388,414
New York27.10%20,365,879
Florida27.00%22,085,563
Vermont26.60%646,545
California26.30%39,995,077
Massachusetts25.20%7,126,375
Hawaii25.00%1,474,265
Colorado23.80%5,922,618

Most Obese States 2022

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