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Mississippi Tops List Of 'Fattest States' In US

The battle against the obesity epidemic continues in the U.S. A new study calls on state government to increase efforts to help residents address the public health issue due to its growing impacts. 

The effects of obesity have been linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Over the past years, campaigns have been launched to tackle obesity in the U.S. 

However, many Americans are still affected by the epidemic. The latest evidence comes from personal finance site WalletHub that issued a report showing the “fattest states” across the country

Mississippi ranked first on the list with the highest number of obese residents. West Virginia and Kentucky followed the list, respectively. 

WalletHub used 29 key metrics to determine the number of people affected by obesity in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The analysis included the consumption of sugary-beverage among adolescents and obesity-related health care costs.

WalletHub’s Top 10 Fattest States In The U.S.

  1. Mississippi 
  2. West Virginia 
  3. Kentucky 
  4. Tennessee 
  5. Alabama 
  6. Oklahoma 
  7. Louisiana 
  8. Arkansas 
  9. Delaware
  10. Ohio 

Obesity Epidemic In US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 93.3 million of adults developed obesity in the past years in the country. The epidemic affects Americans from ages 20 to 60 and older.

However, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children have also been increasing, according to Harvard University’s School of Public Health. More Americans are becoming obese at earlier ages.

Harvard researchers estimate that one in every six children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19  years, are already obese. The condition puts young people at higher risk of weight-related risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, in adulthood. 

Aside from the U.S., obesity epidemic has also been a growing problem in other countries. 

“Once considered a high-income country problem, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.”

Obesity Competitors take part in the 'King of the North' gaming festival held at the Manchester Academy venue in Manchester, northern England on March 22, 2017. Bloomberg has placed the U.S. on the 35th spot in its 2019 Healthiest Country Index due to obesity and low life expectancy in the country. Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

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