We could not ignore that the United States of America had a big issue with obesity. The number of people every day was increasing at an alarming rate. In this article, we would talk about the states that had a high obesity rate. These states should figure out how they could stop this problem or suffer from health issues. We prayed that our state was not included in this list.
Pennsylvania – 31.6% Obesity Rate
If we wanted to go to steak shops, then we should visit Pennsylvania. However, this state had an obesity rate of 31.6%. People loved oily sandwiches, but we should not eat them in our everyday life. The state was equal to Georgia when it comes to the scale of obesity. The worst part was the obesity rate of the children in Keystone State was high enough to rank 9th in the United States.
Georgia – 31.6% Obesity Rate
This state might have a 28% obesity rate in 2012, but after seven years, the number had risen to 31.6%. The reason might be that people were fond of pies, peaches, and cakes in this state. However, adults were not only suffering from obesity but also children too. This state ranked 18th when it was about obese children who were aged ten to seventeen.
Delaware – 31.8% Obesity Rate
Delaware’s Health and human services division claimed that 39.7% of people living in this state were average range. 56% for residents aged 25 to 34, 68% for 45 to 64 years old, and 1/3 for those 18 to 25 years old. In this state, a total of 58.6% were obese or overweight. It was terrible news for people who were living in that state.
South Dakota – 31.9% Obesity Rate
There were 29.6% of residents in South Dakota who were considered obese in the year 2016. However, it rose to 31.9% after three years. The people who encountered a weight problem were American Indians, who only graduated in high school, got GED, and earned an income of $25,000 to $34,999. We were disappointed that the Native Americans had the highest obesity rate in the nation.
Wisconsin – 32% Obesity Rate
People knew this state because of their cheese. It might also be why Wisconsin was suffering from weight problems, but there was still some good news for this state. The obesity rate for children in this state was lower than the other state in the country. School of Public Health at the University claimed that they applied zip codes in research. Some areas had four times the value of overweight people.
North Carolina – 32.1% Obesity Rate
If we wanted to eat Carolina barbecue, pimento cheese, and shrimp and grits, we should go to North Carolina. Krispy Kreme Donuts was also stated in this state. North Carolina was famous because of its tasty foods. It was also the reason why they had a high obesity rate. The authorities should find a way to decrease the number of people suffering from obesity.
Michigan – 32.3% Obesity Rate
1/3 of the residents living in this state were obese. However, the good news for the people living here was the obesity decrease after a year. 19.9% of children who were 10 to 17 years old had been experiencing obesity. It was the reason why few graduate from high school in this state. Researchers claimed that people who were suffering the most were individuals who had lower education levels.
Kansas – 32.4% Obesity Rate
We could find food like “bierocks,” “lefse, “zwieback,” and “loose meat sandwich” in the state. If we did not know about this food, we could only say that they were not healthy food. Kansas Health Foundation claimed that there was an increase in people who were obese in the years 2014 and 2015. The state did something to decrease the rate, but it was not enough.
Missouri – 32.5% Obesity Rate
If we wanted to a toasted ravioli, we should go to this state. Missouri’s cuisine was a combination of American and Italian food. These foods might be tasty, but it was also not healthy. It also the reason why there was a high obesity rate in the state. 32.5% was the total obese residents here in Missouri. 2/3 of the adults were experiencing obesity.
Tennessee – 32.8% Obesity Rate
If we went to the restaurant, we could find different kinds of fried food in this state. Most of them were fried catfish, fried pickles, fried chicken, sweet potato fries that were also matched with barbecue, cornbread, country ham, and many more. The resident in Tennessee might suffer a high obesity rate because of the unhealthy food in the state. We could tell that the people residing here liked fried foods.
Nebraska – 32.8% Obesity Rate
The state was known for its vast farmlands and corn. The authorities knew that the state was facing a problem with weight, and they were trying to solve it. However, the state government tried to implement a tax on the candies and soda, but it did not pass. The state tried to give nutritious food in their school to improve the health of the young ones.
Texas – 33% Obesity Rate
In this state, the people were facing a weight problem because of the many foods. In Texas, one out of three adults had to experience obesity, and if we considered overweight, the value would be higher. CDC claimed 65.9% were above the standard BMI. 27.3% of people who were living in the state did not do physical activity in one whole month
North Dakota – 33.2% Obesity Rate
No state in the north had a 15% obesity rate in the year 1985. Six years after, there was an increase of 20% when it comes to obesity. The scale of obesity in North Dakota had risen to 33.2%. 71% were obese or overweight. Some rural areas had a larger number of people who had this problem. 29.5% were suffering from high blood pressure, and 10% had diabetes.
Indiana – 33.6% Obesity Rate
In the year 2013, the obesity rate was only 31% in this state, but it increased to 33.6% after several years. Trust for America’s Health director claimed, “The state really needs to step back and say ‘what can we do more of, what evidence-based programs do we need to put in place, and what is a more comprehensive approach to obesity prevention that we need to embrace?”
Ohio – 33.8% Obesity Rate
Most of the children in this state were suffering from overweight or obesity. One out of six children who were aged 10 to 17 were obese. In America, there were one out of seven children were obese. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation claimed that being “optimistic” would “turn the tide around.” however, in 2016, the rate decreased, but it rose again after a few days.
South Carolina – 34.1% Obesity Rate
South Carolina was another state that had delicious and superb food. If we wanted to eat collard greens, creamy grits, pecan pies, she-crab soup, fried okra, and many more, we should go to South Carolina. However, this was also the reason why it had a 34.1 obesity rate. The state was included in the top ten list of fattest states in America. We might be embarrassed if we were in this state.
Alaska – 34.2% Obesity Rate
In the year 1991, there was twice the number of grownups who became obese in this state. After almost 30 years, 13% had been in this data. The authorities in Alaska claimed that they had encouraged a healthy diet and food in their education. Some believed that the people were getting fatter because it was expensive and limited supply in this state.
Kentucky – 34.3% Obesity Rate
Kentucky fried chicken was related in this state, but in 2018, 37% of Kentucky residents had been categorized as obese. 2016 to 2017, it ranked second when it was about children and teens who were obese. The data claimed that people were suffering from obesity because of insufficient healthy food. It was ranked 43 when it was about the supply of healthy food.
Arkansas – 35% Obesity Rate
If we wanted to eat high-fat and high-protein food, we should go to this state. There was a lot of meat, fish, and chicken in this state’s menu. It was the reason why it had a problem when it was about weight. Experts believed that some Southern states considered fried food in their diet. It was also the reason why it had unequal riches between residents in rural areas.
Louisiana – 36.2% Obesity Rate
Louisiana had many delicious foods like rich gumbo, spicy jambalaya, beignets, po’boy sandwiched, crawfish, pralines, and many more. However, the weight problem in this country was affected not only the adults but also children. 13.2% of children aged two to four were currently obese, and 17% were in high school. It was the current problem in the African American and Latino communities.
Alabama – 36.3% Obesity Rate
If we wanted to have fried steak, we should go to Alabama. However, the state was ranked 5th when it was about obesity. 36.3% was a terrible obesity rate, and when we considered overweight residents, it would increase to 69%. CDC claimed that 31% of people living in this state were not doing physical activities in the previous month. It might be the reason why people were facing weight problems.
Iowa – 36.4% Obesity Rate
Most of the presidential candidates went to the Iowa State Fair to gain the support of the people. It sold food like bacon-wrapped chicken wings, butter cake shakes, caramel-dipped pecan pie, fried avocado, corn dogs, bacon balls, and many more. We felt that we gain weight after reading all of the foods in that state.
Oklahoma – 36.5% Obesity Rate
18% of children who were ten to seventeen years old were considered obese in this state. Oklahoma was ranked six when it was about the obesity rate of children. After three decades, the total number became twice about kids aged six to eleven and quadrupled for twelve to nineteen. Experts claimed that the increase was because of sugary drinks like energy drinks, sports drinks, and sodas.
Mississippi – 37.3% Obesity Rate
This state was also known for its delicious yet unhealthy food. We could eat a mud pie, blue crab, and many more. However, it was also why the state had earned a spot when it was about obesity. 37.3% of adults were considered obese. In this state, one and a half million residents were suffering from obesity or overweight. It might be the biggest problem of public health.
West Virginia – 38.1% Obesity Rate
The state had an obesity rate of 38.1%. It was higher than in most states in the country. Health and Human Services division claimed, “one of the most serious public health concerns facing [the] state today.” $1.4 to $1.8 billion had been spent on preventable medical costs. $506 was the loss of the employer for each worker in a year.
Honorable Mention: Maryland – 31.3% Obesity Rate
In this state, there were many “all you can eat” crab promotion. It might be the reason why people were suffering from gaining weight. The weight problem in this state was getting out of control. The Department of Health claimed that 45% of the residents had high blood pressure, 47% had high cholesterol, and 23% had diabetes.
Honorable Mention: Illinois – 31.1% Obesity Rate
This state was known for its horseshoe sandwich, and it might be considered their unofficial state meal. The meal was created in Springfield, Illinois. If we wanted to eat this food, we only need a thick slice of bread, roast beef slices or burger patty, many hash browns or french fries, and topped it up with sausage gravy. We felt that we gained weight by only reading it.
Honorable Mention: Virginia – 30.1% Obesity Rate
This state was facing a weight problem for a long time. In 2015, the state had gained $375,000 from the Center for Disease Control to enhance healthy food supply and encourage people to do physical activity. However, it was not enough to decrease the obesity rate. It might not be in the top 25 of the country’s highest obesity rates, but the scale was still large.
Honorable Mention: Rhode Island – 30% Obesity Rate
If we wanted to eat delicious seafood delicacies, we should get to Rhode Island. This state might not be an island, but we could eat fried calamari, fish, and oyster. However, we should also take care of ourselves because this kind of food had high calories. 30% of residents in this state were experiencing obesity.
Honorable Mention: Arizona – 29.5% Obesity Rate
29.5% of the resident in Arizona had been suffering from obesity. However, if we would compare this to other states, it had a lower scale of obesity. The value decreases because of what the state government did. Arizona had delicious Mexican influenced food that might be why the people living there were facing a weight problem.
Honorable Mention: Oregon – 29.4% Obesity Rate
We did not expect that Oregon would be included in the list. It had great outdoor that people could do physical activities. The authorities in this state were trying hard to decrease the obesity rate. The health promotion manager in the states claimed, “We’ve been able to stay pretty flat, which was our intention given the resources that we have to address obesity.”
Honorable Mention: Idaho – 29.3% Obesity Rate
If we wanted huckleberry, we should better visit Idaho. These purple berries could be top up in ice cream, cheesecake, and syrup. A hidden family owned some huckleberry farms in the state. However, 29.3% of residents in this state were suffering from obesity. The sugar in this state might be the reason why the number was increasing.
Honorable Mention: Maine – 29.1% Obesity Rate
Maine was considered the largest state in New England. However, it had a 29.1% obesity rate. Medical experts said to NBC News that it piqued the people’s interest, saying, “Fresh fruit and produce are not easy to find in Maine. We’re a rural state, parts of Maine have low-income populations, so we know that in a rural state, many people don’t have access.”
Honorable Mention: Wyoming – 28.8% Obesity Rate
Bison burgers, lamb, elk, sausage gravy, and the chicken-fried steak was known in Wyoming. There were 11,500 ranches and farms in the state that could produce the ingredient. However, this food might also be the reason why it had a 28.8% obesity rate. It might be lower than the rest of the state, but there were still many people who were obese.
Honorable Mention: Florida – 28.4% Obesity Rate
28.4% was the obesity rate in Florida. It might be ranked 35 out of all the states in the country, but the Florida Department of Health was still wanted to decrease the number of people suffering from obesity. The department had encouraged people to exercise, cheaper healthy foods, and promote the workplace and school to start a healthy lifestyle.
Colorado – 22.6% Obesity Rate
The data showed that the state had the least number of people who were obese. The lowest scale was 22.6% for adults in the year 2017. However, the state was facing the problem because the number of obese who were obese were increasing. Most people who were aged 45 and 64 were obese. They tried to flatten the curve by enhancing awareness and laws.
District of Columbia – 23% Obesity Rate
The obesity rate in Columbia had been decreased by 1.9% in the year 1012. it was ranked 2nd in the lowest obesity scale in the US. Obesity was natural for adults who were aged 40-64. For children, there were 17.8% of them that were overweight, and 17.7% were obese. The reason why they had that kind of rate was because of insufficient physical activity.
Hawaii – 23.8% Obesity Rate
This state might be categorized as the lowest obesity rate in the US, but there are currently increasing numbers of people suffering from obesity. Most of the people living in Hawaii were not doing exercise. It was the reason why the state had 23.8% when it was about the obesity rate. 37% of adults would eat one or less fruit in their daily lives and choose unhealthy food choices.
California – 25.1% Obesity Rate
California was ranked 4th when it was about the lowest obesity rate in the country. There might be one out of four adults that would become overweight. 12.7% for those aged 18 to 25, 24% for 26 – 44 years old, 31% for aged 45 – 64, and 24.4% for people 65 and above. California might have many problems in their state, but the weight problem was not one of them.
Montana – 25.3% Obesity Rate
In the year 2019, this state was considered as the lowest obesity rate among the other states. It was ranked 6th, and only 26% were the residents were deemed to be obese. It claimed that their program encouraged healthy food, preventing unprocessed foods at school, and hospitals had helped the nation decrease the weight problem. Montana tried to improve its residents’ lifestyle.
Utah – 25.3% Obesity Rate
Utah had a lower obesity rate than the other state. However, it did not mean they were doing well. Most Utah residents have been living a healthy lifestyle, but there were still gaining weight. According to the annual “state of obesity” report by Trust America Health, the number of people suffering from weight problems was increasing.
Connecticut – 29.1% Obesity Rate
We knew that obesity was a big problem in the US. One out of three adults were categorized as obese. In Connecticut, 21.6% of the adults were not doing any physical activity for a month. 28.5% of those grownups were not eating vegetables three times a day. However, the authorities in Connecticut was trying to enhance the residents’ healthy lifestyle.
Guam – 33.6%
There were 30% of people living in Guam that were obese. However, the number of people who were obese were increasing. It also affected the population of the state. 60% of the people living there died because of chronic diseases. We could get this disease if we had an unhealthy lifestyle and diet. Most of the death in Guam was because of weight problem and obesity.
Massachusetts – 25.2% Obesity Rate
The adult obesity percentage in Massachusetts slightly decreased between 2015 and 2016, which gave a ray of hope for the state. However, it was apparent that Massachusetts’ 25.2% obesity rate still posed a health risk for the residents. Thankfully, the state had acted and stepped up to remedy the situation. Massachusetts initiated goals for drinking water, increasing nutritional value, healthy dining, physical exercise, and others.
Minnesota – 30.1% Obesity Rate
Even though the obesity percentage in Minnesotan adults remained constant from 2018 to 2020, it did not mean that it was something to celebrate. As reported by the Department of Health, the state had a 30.1% obesity percentage, which meant that one out of three adults were obese. Looking on the bright side, Minnesota’s statistics were lower than the national average and the neighboring states – Dakota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Nebraska – 34.1% Obesity Rate
Nebraska was one of the states with high American obesity rates, and it was unfortunate that the percentage had been steadily increasing from 2013 to 2018. It was reported that more than one-third of Nebraska’s population was deemed obese, and the lack of policies within the state was apparent. It was evident that Nebraska had to make significant changes because the initiatives to create isolated programs for the residents was not enough.
Nevada – 30.6% Obesity Rate
Like the majority of Americans, people who lived in Nevada were suffering from obesity. It was unfortunate that the statistics were consistently increasing and yielded higher cases of diabetes and heart diseases. Several policies to fight obesity had been implemented throughout Nevada, but it seemed like it didn’t help much to lower the percentage. Nevada’s steps were to require higher nutritional value for the kids’ school lunches.
New Hampshire – 31.8% Obesity Rate
New Hampshire was one of the worst states because two of three adults and more than 25% of the children were either overweight or obese. Looking at the bright side, the rate was consistent for the last five years, but the government, food industry, and the residents should act and reverse the dangerous trend. Despite the high percentage, 9% of New Hampshire adult residents had diabetes and other obesity-related diseases.
New Jersey – 27.7% Obesity Rate
Even though New Jersey was ahead of the others, it did not mean that they had obesity under control. Similar to the ones previously mentioned, New Jersey was getting heavier. It was fortunate that the state decided to find a solution to solve the issue, and there were initiatives to improve the overall health of New Jersey’s residents. For 2020, New Jersey’s goal was to meet all of its several heath-centered objectives.