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Most Obese States 2020

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.

There are some groups with higher obesity rates, according to the CDC. Men and women with college degrees overall had lower obesity prevalence than those who did not have a higher education. Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence of obesity, at 47.0% and 46.8%, respectively. The prevalence of obesity was highest among middle-aged adults, ages 40-59 years old, at 42.8%.

According to a 2017 report by Consumer Protect, the state with the highest obesity rate is West Virginia, with a reported 38.1% of the state being obese. West Virginia also has the highest diabetes rate in the United States. Mississippi has the second-highest obesity rate at 37.3% and also has the shortest life expectancy among all of the states at 74.7 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 is Colorado, with 22.6% of its inhabitants considered obese. This is attributed to the outdoors and activities associated with being outside, as well as better eating habits. The District of Columbia and Hawaii boasts the second and third lowest rates, at 23.0% and 23.8% respectively. Hawaii also has the highest life expectancy in the United States at 81.3 years. On the Couch Potato Index, Colorado is at the 50th position with 19.5%, the District of Columbia is at 43 with 23.0%, and Hawaii is at 42 with 23.5%.

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

  1. West Virginia (38.10 percent)
  2. Mississippi (37.30 percent)
  3. Oklahoma (36.50 percent)
  4. Iowa (36.40 percent)
  5. Alabama (36.30 percent)
  6. Louisiana (36.20 percent)
  7. Arkansas (35.00 percent)
  8. Kentucky (34.30 percent)
  9. Alaska (34.20 percent)
  10. South Carolina (34.10 percent)

Most Obese States 2020

Most Obese States 2020

State Obesity Rate 2020 Pop.
West Virginia38.10 percent1,778,070
Mississippi37.30 percent2,989,260
Oklahoma36.50 percent3,954,820
Iowa36.40 percent3,179,850
Alabama36.30 percent4,908,620
Louisiana36.20 percent4,645,180
Arkansas35.00 percent3,039,000
Kentucky34.30 percent4,499,690
Alaska34.20 percent734,002
South Carolina34.10 percent5,210,100
Ohio33.80 percent11,747,700
Indiana33.60 percent6,745,350
North Dakota33.20 percent761,723
Texas33.00 percent29,472,300
Tennessee32.80 percent6,897,580
Nebraska32.80 percent1,952,570
Missouri32.50 percent6,169,270
Kansas32.40 percent2,910,360
Michigan32.30 percent10,045,000
North Carolina32.10 percent10,611,900
Wisconsin32.00 percent5,851,750
South Dakota31.90 percent903,027
Delaware31.80 percent982,895
Pennsylvania31.60 percent12,820,900
Georgia31.60 percent10,736,100
Maryland31.30 percent6,083,120
Illinois31.10 percent12,659,700
Virginia30.10 percent8,626,210
Rhode Island30.00 percent1,056,160
Arizona29.50 percent7,378,490
Oregon29.40 percent4,301,090
Idaho29.30 percent1,826,160
Maine29.10 percent1,345,790
Wyoming28.80 percent567,025
New Mexico28.40 percent2,096,640
Minnesota28.40 percent5,700,670
Florida28.40 percent21,993,000
New Hampshire28.10 percent1,371,250
Washington27.70 percent7,797,100
Vermont27.60 percent628,061
New Jersey27.30 percent8,936,570
Connecticut26.90 percent3,563,080
Nevada26.70 percent3,139,660
Massachusetts25.90 percent6,976,600
New York25.70 percent19,440,500
Utah25.30 percent3,282,120
Montana25.30 percent1,086,760
California25.10 percent39,937,500
Hawaii23.80 percent1,412,690
Colorado22.60 percent5,845,530