Mississippi tops the national obesity figures with 34% of its population reportedly obese. According to Reuters, Colorado is the least obese at 19.8 percent, and the only state with an adult obesity rate below 20 percent, according to the annual report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
And congrats, America! We’ve been getting fatter overall, according to this Reuters article:
Today, the state with the lowest adult obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health. Four years ago, only one U.S. state had an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to the report, which defines adult obesity as a having a body mass index — a weight-to-height ratio — of 30 or more.
Over the last two decades, people in the United States have been eating less nutritious food and more of it. At the same time, activity levels have fallen, Levi said.
Over 2/3 the adult population and 1/3 the child population in our country are now overweight or obese. U-S-A!