United States of Obesity

Curious about which U.S. states rank the highest and lowest on the obesity scale? This map (created by CalorieLab) gives us an excellent visual representation of the obesity epidemic in America as of 2011 (the latest year for which statistics are available).  The top seven states with the highest obese population are:

1.  Mississippi (34.4)
2.  Alabama (32.3)
3.  West Virginia (32.2)
4.  Tennessee (31.9)
5.  Louisiana  (31.5)
6.  Kentucky (31.5)
7.  Oklahoma (31.4)

The top seven states with the lowest obese population are:

1.  Colorado (19.8)
2.  District of Columbia (21.7)
3.  Connecticut (21.8)
4.  Massachusetts (22.3)
5.  Hawaii (23.0)
6.  Utah (23.4)
7.  Vermont (23.5)

Interestingly (but not surprisingly), the fattest states are in the poorest health when compared to the leanest states (the first number represents good or better health, the second number represents fair or poor health):

Mississippi  (76.0 / 24.0)
Alabama   (76.8 / 23.2)
West Virginia  (74.9 / 25.1)
Tennessee   (79.1 / 21.0)
Louisiana     (77.0 / 23.0)
Kentucky    (76.6 / 22.4)
Oklahoma    (79.8 / 20.2)

Colorado     (86.2 / 13.8)
District of Columbia   (86.3 / 13.7)
Connecticut    (85.1 / 14.9)
Massachusetts   (86.0 / 14.0)
Hawaii   (85.0 / 15.0)
Utah   (86.6 / 13.4)
Vermont (87.1 / 12.9)

Map Source:  CalorieLab

Data Source:  CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System database.
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