Mississippi Still the Fattest State, Shows PollBy: Sean Patterson - March 4, 2014
Last month a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed encouraging data suggesting that future generations may be slimmer than the current population of America.
Despite the good long-term news, the population of aging Americans is still continuing to get larger. A Gallup poll last week found that over 27% of American adults could be considered obese in 2013. This is the reason health professionals and the CDC have labeled America’s high obesity rate an epidemic.
Today a new Gallup poll shed a bit of light on which U.S. states are disproportionately contributing to this high obesity rate. The poll shows that Mississippi is the largest state in the U.S, with 35.4% of its population estimated to be obese. Mississippi is followed by West Virginia (34.4%), Delaware(34.3%), Louisiana (32.7%), and Arkansas (32.2%). In contrast, the least obese (relatively, of course) states were Montana (19.6%), Colorado (20.4%), Nevada (21.1%), Minnesota (22%), and Massachusetts (22.2%).
The Gallup survey used self-reported height and weight measurements provided by survey respondents. Even so, the poll results align with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data that has been released over the past few years.
Of course, along with higher rates of obesity have come higher health risks for the heavier states. According to Gallup data the 10 most obese states on average have a lifetime high blood pressure disease rate of 35.8%, significantly higher than the 26.4% rate seen in the 10 least obese states. Poll results also show that people in the least obese states are eating healthier foods and exercising more than those in top obese states.