Alarmingly, it’s been estimated that 160 million Americans are overweight.
Now a new obesity map by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that at least 35% of people across 9 states are dangerously obese.
Is your state one of them?
Obesity map reveals which states have the most obese people
The map reveals more than one-third of adults in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia are obese.
The CDC report found that adults without a high school degree were more likely to have an unhealthy diet compared to those that were college graduates.
Middle-aged adults were also more likely to be obese compared to those between the ages of 18 and 24.
“Obesity costs the United States health care system over $147 billion a year and research has shown it affects work productivity and military readiness,” says the CDC.
“These latest data shout that our national obesity crisis is getting worse,” says John Auerbach, president and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health.
“Almost 50 years into the upward curve of obesity rates we haven’t yet found the right mix of programs to stop the epidemic.
“Isolated programs and calls for lifestyle changes aren’t enough.
“Instead, our report highlights the fundamental changes that are needed in the social and economic conditions that make it challenging for people to eat healthy foods and get sufficient exercise.”
The map also highlights the healthiest states, which are Colorado, Hawaii and Washington DC.
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