The Grapevine

Which US States Have The Most Obesity Cases?

Throughout history, and especially in the last couple of decades, obesity has risen and cemented itself as one of the biggest issues with people that are living in the U.S. Otherwise known as the “silent killer,” it usually creeps up on people who are otherwise used to the lifestyle, resulting in various health conditions ranging from mild to something as serious as early death. And now, a new report revealed that the number of states in the country with the highest obesity rates have reached a new all-time high.

America’s Most Obese

According to a new report, the states with the most adult obesity rates in America went up from seven to nine, reaching a new all-time high as far as obesity rates go. Per the report, the nine states are North Dakota, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa and Kentucky.

But it doesn’t stop there since the report also illustrates how much the rates has increased in around 33 states between the years 2013 and 2018. This is owing to the fact that since the year 2012, no state has topped current highest rate of obesity in the nine aforementioned states, which is 35 percent.

Furthermore, considerable variation from state to state was also shown in the report. According to it, the states with the highest obesity rate are Mississippi and West Virginia at 39.5 percent, followed closely by Arkansas at 37.1, Louisiana at 36.8 and Kentucky at around 36.6 percent.  By contrast, the states with the lowest obesity rates were Colorado at 23 percent, the District of Columbia at 24.7, Hawaii at 24.9 and both Massachusetts and New Jersey at 25.7 percent, all of which are still generally high numbers.

"These latest data shout that our national obesity crisis is getting worse," John Auerbach, president and CEO of the Trust for America's Health, said. "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."

Obese A group of children and their parents embrace after a group photo upon graduation from the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children on November 20, 2010 in Aurora, Colorado. John Moore/Getty Images