Which States Are The Most Obese?

America! Where we love to watch the Olympics while we sit on the couch, where sponsors of athletic events like Coke and McDonald's try to woo us with seductive spots, where we keep getting more and more obese while eating disorders continue to plague us,

The CDC released its state and national obesity figures, so it's time to figure out where your state stands! There are also data points based on race, gender, socioeconomic factors and education to be perused here.

Here are the results, from the CDC:



  • By state, obesity prevalence ranged from 20.7% in Colorado to 34.9% in Mississippi in 2011. No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%. 39 states had a prevalence of 25% or more; 12 of these states had a prevalence of 30% or more: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.
  • The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), followed by the Midwest (29.0%), the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (24.3%).

Here's a visualization:


(image via CDC)







AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at August 14, 2012, 9:31am