Which Is the Fattest State in America?

Colorado is the healthiest state overall, with the lowest percentage of obese adults in the country.
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Obesity is a growing problem. According to the World Health Organization, obesity has nearly tripled worldwide since 1975. In 2016, nearly 40 percent of all over-18s were overweight, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) equal to or more than 25.

In America, the problem is especially bad. Over 70 percent of over-20s are overweight, and almost 40 percent are obese, with a BMI of 30 or more. That's according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Carrying too much body fat has serious health implications. Heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are all associated with obesity.

America's obesity levels varied when broken down state by state. Personal finance website WalletHub examined 25 different metrics relating to obese and overweight people in every U.S. state.

It created a list of the states in America with the greatest problems with obesity, inactivity and unhealthy lifestyles, as well as sub-rankings that evaluated the heaviest states, the states with the worst obesity-related health concerns and the states with the unhealthiest lifestyles.

The study found that while Idaho had the most overweight adults, Mississippi had the most obese adults. Mississippi also had the highest number of obese children in the country.

The state also has the highest number of adults who eat less than one serving of fruit and vegetables a day. Perhaps not unrelatedly, Mississippi has the highest percentage of adults with high blood pressure.

Colorado was the healthiest overall state, with the lowest percentage of obese adults in the country. The state, which has a number of easily accessible national parks, also had the lowest number of physically inactive adults.

Utah and Hawaii also provided a shining example to the rest of America when it came to obesity levels. Utah has managed to keep its child obesity levels the lowest in the nation, and has the lowest percentage of adults with type 2 diabetes.

Using WalletHub's data, we've run down the fattest states in America (along with Washington, D.C.), from the healthiest to the most dangerously overweight.

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