With the obesity rate climbing steadily over the last decade (one in three adult Americans are considered to be obese today), and fast food creations like the KFC DoubleDown still being sold everywhere, we have one thing to say: America, we need to talk. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a comprehensive report on the State of Obesity: looking at the who, where, why, and how of obesity in America. In the report, the foundation broke down all 51 states and territories by obesity rate. The skinniest state — Colorado — still has a 21.3 percent obesity rate, meaning that in every state in our grand country, at least one in five people are way over a healthy weight and BMI.
In 1990, the highest obesity rate was 15 percent in Mississippi, and today, Mississippi has a 35.1 percent obesity rate.
So who are the worst culprits? We’ll break it down:
Top 10 Most Obese States in America
#10 South Carolina, 31.7 percent
#9 Indiana, 31.8 percent
#8 Alabama, 32.4 percent
#7 Oklahoma, 32.5 percent
#6 Louisiana, 33.1 percent
#5 Kentucky, 33.2 percent
#4 Tennessee, 33.7 percent
#3 Arkansas, 34.6 percent
#2 West Virginia, 35.1 percent
#1 Mississippi, 35.1 percent
Top 5 Least Obese States in America
#5 Utah, 24.1 percent
#4 Massachusetts, 23.6 percent
#3 District of Columbia, 22.9 percent
#2 Hawaii, 21.8 percent
#1 Colorado, 21.3 percent
See the full list here.
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Obesity Rates Rise in Some States, Fatty Food Abounds Everywhere
Study finds obesity rates up in 28 states, magazine finds fatty foods anywhere.
July 1, 2010 -- Despite education campaigns about the obesity epidemic and U.S. government reports that obesity numbers may have reached a plateau, a new study finds obesity rates increased in 28 states last year.
Only the District of Columbia saw obesity rates fall.
The annual "F as in Fat" report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation included obesity rates by geographic area and race as well as studies on attitudes about obesity.
"Nationally we should recognize that this problem, while it is ubiquitous, is not evenly distributed," said Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. "We should direct those efforts where they're most needed."
Researchers found obesity rates in Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arkansas topped 30 percent of the population last year. Previously, only four other states had obesity rates as high as one in three adults obese --- Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Obesity experts say a variety of factors -- from cuisine to climate to economic means -- could push the population in one state further towards obesity than another.
"In a hot sultry climate, you aren't going to be as physically active outside in Alabama as you would be in Colorado," said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Connecticut. The study found Colorado to have lowest rate of obesity in the country at 19.1 percent.
Katz said considering the "obesogenic" American society, he wondered if the focus isn't on why some become obese but how others avoid it.
Given the amount of high calorie food available to Americans, and a society in which entertainment, transportation and travel encourages obesity, Katz said, "You're the odd man out if you're not caught up in all of this."
Health Magazine recently documented the nationwide culture of excess by highlighting the 50 Fattiest Foods in the States. Click here to see all 50 Fattiest Foods.
The state with the lowest rate of obesity still offered one of the most decadent foods. Colorado's Jack-N-Grill restaurant offers a giant breakfast burrito capable of feeding a family of four or more.
What a single Google Map of popular Thanksgiving recipes reveals about the U.S.
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Google data is all sorts of fascinating. The New York Times had Google’s science team pull data on all the most unique Thanksgiving recipes from each state (above). On its own, the map of recipes is fun to peruse.
Frog eye salad is apparently super popular in Colorado and Wyoming. Pretzel salad is all the rage in Delaware. Pumpkin whoopie pie sounds kinda delicious, and let’s thank Vermont and Maine for bringing it some much-needed attention.
But reading between the lines, the recipes confirm some fascinating facts about the United States.
Most importantly: Immigrants’ cuisine has melded with American food. In Arizona, where Latinos account for an estimated 64 percent of the foreign-born population, people are searching for turkey enchilada recipes. In Texas, there’s sopapilla cheese cake, and in Florida, the hot dish is flan de calabaza (made from a squash common in Mexican cuisine). It’s hard to get much more literal than that about the mixing of two cultures.
It’s a telling map of how immigration complements a new culture, rather than replaces it.
On the health side of things, I’m very concerned about the cooking habits of America’s most obese states. In Kentucky, where an estimated 30 percent of the population is obese, their unique food of choice is the chess bar, which can be described as a square of butter, sugar, and fat. I don’t how a Snickers salad can be called a salad, but it makes me very worried about my friends’ arteries back in my home state of Nebraska.
This contrasts with the more health-conscience state of New York, with an obesity rate of 24 percent, where residents delight in stuffed artichoke.
Finally, there should not be any doubt that Oregon is populated with hipsters and hippies, as much of state is looking for vegan mushroom gravy.
Readers can check out the full interactive map on the New York Times‘ website.
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The Most (And Least) Obese Metro Areas In The U.S.
Despite benefitting from a more relaxed vibe and abundant fresh air, rural dwellers aren't necessarily healthier than people who live in cities. In fact, city folk live longer and healthier lives than their country-side counterparts, who are more likely to be smokers, obese and sedentary, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Still, more than 15 percent of residents are obese in almost all U.S. cities, according to a new report from Gallup identifying the most and lease obese metropolitan areas in the country. Nationwide, 26.1 percent of American adults were obese in 2011. The average rate for the 10 metro areas with the most obesity was 34.8 percent, compared with 15.9 percent for the 10 least obese metro areas.
The data was collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Participants were asked to report their height and weight, allowing Gallup to calculate their body mass index (BMI). A person is considered obese if they have a BMI of 30 or higher.
The report also found that people living in the metro areas with the highest rates of obesity are also more likely to report chronic illnesses, like diabetes and depression, and pay an estimated extra $1 billion for medical treatment than if they lived somewhere with an obesity rate of 15 percent. (Unsurprisingly, there's also significant overlap between the most and least obese metro areas and the most and least obese states, released by Gallup earlier this month.)
Click through the slideshow below to see which metro areas have the highest and lowest rates of obesity. Tell us in the comments what you think: Any surprises?
State Obesity Rankings: No Winners
Aug. 13, 2012 -- At least 1 in 5 people is obese in every U.S. state, the CDC reported today.
In the most obese states -- Mississippi and Louisiana -- more than 1 in 3 people is obese. But 10 other states are close behind, with more than 30% obesity among adults.
The findings come from the CDC's annual self-report health survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System or BRFSS.
Are Americans more obese than last year? Maybe, maybe not: The numbers can't be compared, because the BRFSS changed since last year, reaching out to people who only have cell phones and using a better system to analyze the data.
Both those things mean the statistics should be more accurate -- but also make comparisons to earlier years meaningless. The new 2011 data will be the baseline to which future BRFSS reports will be compared.
The CDC doesn't actually ask anyone whether they're obese. They ask their height and weight instead. This lets researchers calculate their body mass index or BMI. Obesity starts with a BMI of 30.
See where Texas weighs in on list of fattest states in America
SAN ANTONIO – WalletHub on Tuesday released its ranking of the fattest states in America (Right before the holidays! Seriously?) and Texas made the top 10.
Texas, according to the study, is the 10th fattest state in America.
WalletHub created its ranking based on three factors: obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences and food and fitness.
In terms of obesity, Texas was ranked 27th on the list of most obese states, with No. 1 being most obese. However, Texas ranked second for highest percentage of obese children.
The study also identified the most popular comfort food for each state. Texas' comfort food? Brisket.
See the top 10 list of fattest states in America:
2. West Virginia
8. South Carolina
See the 5 states on the slimmer end:
47. District of Columbia
Fittest City: Portland
In fact, 6.1% of all male residents ride their bikes to work, by far the highest ratio of any U.S. city. Portland isn’t just about cycling, though: 54.7% of adults in the Rose City perform at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days per week. Temperatures rarely sink below freezing in winter months, and air quality and ozone levels are nearly perfect. Portlanders simply don’t like staying inside. Would you? As the top-ranked locale in our Healthy City index, it makes sense that, according to the CDC,40.3% of Portland residents weigh in within healthy parameters. Fresh air, fresh food, a thriving fitness culture—and easy access to world class health care—make Portland tops.
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Houston has a problem&mdashas do Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, and Corpus Christi. In 2010, these cities accounted for half of the top 10 slots in Men's Health's annual list of the "fattest" U.S. cities. (Not surprisingly, some also have unusually high rates of "heavy users" of fast food.)
The state's weight problem is especially bad among kids. More than 20% of all 10- to 17-year-old Texans are obese, thanks in part to food deserts and financial hardship&mdasha combo that encourages fast-food consumption. "About half of Texas children grow up in low-income households, where cheap but satiating
junk food might be all that fits the family budget," the CEO of an advocacy group noted in 2010.
The American Environment
Your weight is the result of many things working together&mdashthe choices you make, your environment, your metabolism (the way your body converts food and oxygen into energy), and your genes.
Changes in our environment that make it harder to engage in healthy behavior have a lot to do with our overall increase in weight over the past few decades. For example:
- We're an in-the-car and sit-behind-a-desk society. For many of us&mdashparents and children alike&mdashdaily life doesn't involve a lot of physical activity and exercise. If we want to be active, we have to make an effort.
- Food is everywhere, and so are messages telling us to eat and drink. We can get something to eat in places where it was never available before&mdashlike the gas station. Going out to eat or getting carryout is easy.
- Food portions at restaurants and at home are bigger than they used to be. To learn how these larger portions impact the calories or energy you take in, visit the Portion Distortion page.
Becoming obese doesn't happen overnight. Obesity happens over time when the energy we take in by eating is not in balance with the energy we burn from physical activity. This website provides information and resources about the things parents and communities can do to prevent overweight and obesity.
Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size are two numbers that can help you decide if your weight is healthy, or if you need to make some changes.
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