We knew that the United States of America was experiencing weight issues. The number of people suffering from this problem was rising, and the digits were surprisingly high. In this article, we would talk about 50 states that had the highest obesity rate problem. These were the countries that needed to be aware of the issue. We did not want to see our city on this list.
Pennsylvania – 31.6% Obesity Rate
Pennsylvania was the state that was famous for its cheesesteak shops. The obesity rate in that place was 31.6 percent. We should be honest with ourselves that we liked oily sandwiches too. However, we did not want to eat it regularly. Pennsylvania was equal to Georgia, and the obesity rate at the Keystone State was 9th place in the United States.
Georgia – 31.6% Obesity Rate
Georgia did not have a high obesity rate in the year 2012.however, 28 percent was still not accepted because it was still high. After seven years, the obesity rate in this country had risen to 31.6 percent. People might suffer obesity because of their famous pies, cakes, and peaches. Children ten to seventeen also experience weight gain. The state was ranked 18th when it was about kids who were obese.
Delaware – 31.8% Obesity Rate
Health and human services division said that Delaware had 39.7% of the residents in the standard range. A third of people who were 18 to 25 years old were categorized as obese. 56% of people who were 25 to 34 years old and 68% of people aged 45 to 64 were obese. A total of 58.6% of adults were suffering from obesity.
South Dakota – 31.9% Obesity Rate
In the year 2016, South Dakota had 29.6% percent of people who were obese. After three years, the obesity rate rose to 31.9%. The state was now included in the list because of its status. American Indians, who only graduated from high school, GED, and individuals who had $25,000 to $34,999 were also suffering from obesity. We were sad to say that even Native Americans had the highest obesity rates in the state.
Wisconsin – 32% Obesity Rate
Wisconsin was a well-known state because of its cheese, but it was one of the states that also had a higher obesity rate. In this state, some places had a considerable amount of people who were considered obese, but the good part, the children in this state, had a low obesity rate. To prevent their kids from gaining weight, the School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin exercised the use of zip codes.
North Carolina – 32.1% Obesity Rate
We knew that North Carolina was famous because of its barbecue, pimento cheese, and shrimp and grits. It was also the place where Krispy Kreme Donuts started. North Carolina was well-known for its tasty food, but it also had a high obesity rate. The state should solve this issue as soon as they could.
Michigan – 32.3% Obesity Rate
Almost 1/3 of people in Michigan were overweight, but the good part was the rate decrease after a year. 18.9% of children 10 to 17 years old were obese. Michigan should be aware and should find a way to decrease the obesity rate. Some said that the date was affected because of the people who did not graduate from high school. Researchers recognized that individuals who had lower education would have a higher chance of being obese.
Kansas – 32.4% Obesity Rate
In Kansas, we could eat food like “bierocks,” “lefse,” “zwieback,” and “loose meat sandwich.” However, these kinds of foods were not healthy. The Kansas Health Foundation claimed a considerable increase in the obesity rate in the year 2014 to 2015. Until this day, the percentage did not change. However, the state should still find a way to decrease the obesity rate.
Missouri – 32.5% Obesity Rate
Missouri was known for its toasted ravioli that was created by the famous St. Louis. It was the Americanized kind of Italian food. It might be tasty, but it was not healthy. The food might be the reason why there was a high obesity rate in that state. 32.5% of its population were overweight. The worst part was the 2/3 of the grownups were obese.
Tennessee – 32.8% Obesity Rate
Tennessee was known for its fried food. In a classic restaurant in that state, their menu was filled with fried meals like catfish, fried pickles, fried chicken, and sweet potato fries. It was partnered with barbecue, cornbread, country ham, and many more. We might say that the people in that state were indulgent, so they had a large obesity rate.
Nebraska – 32.8% Obesity Rate
Nebraska was not known for its food. Most people in America did not know anything about the state aside from their expansive farmlands and corn. However, the government recognized that there were problems in their obesity rate. The government tried to solve the issue by implementing taxation on candies and soda beverages. However, it was not implemented. The authorities thought that giving nutritious meals in public schools would help decrease the obesity rate.
Texas – 33% Obesity Rate
Texas served a large variety of food as a Lone Star State, but it also had a high obesity rate. One out of three people in Texas was obese. If we totaled the number of populations, we would get a higher value. CDC claimed that 65.9% of its citizens were above the standard BMI. 27.3% were not active in physical activity in a month.
North Dakota – 33.2% Obesity Rate
In 1985, no state in the north got an obesity rate of 15%. After six years, there was still no state that was higher than 20%. However, The obesity rate in that North Dakota had increased to 33.2%, making 71% of people in that state obese. Rural areas also had a high quantity of obese. 29.5% of overweight people had high blood pressure, while 10% were suffering from diabetes.
Indiana – 33.6% Obesity Rate
In the year 2013, people who were overweight became 31% in this state, and this year, it became 33.6%. According to Trust for America’s Health director, “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
The children aged 10 to 17 years old in Ohio were suffering the problem of being obese. One out of 6 children were categorized as overweight. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was “optimistic” about the situation, and it would “turn the tide around.” In 2016, this state’s obesity rate decreased, but it only increased in an alarming value after some time.
South Carolina – 34.1% Obesity Rate
If we had traveled towards South Carolina, we could tell that it had excellent food. We could eat their well-known collard greens, creamy grits, pecan pies, she-crab soup, fried okra, and many more. We knew those foods were hard to ignore because of how delicious it was. However, the people living in that state could not get enough. South Carolina was at the top list of high obesity rates in the country.
Alaska – 34.2% Obesity Rate
The number of overweight adults in Alaska had been doubled. For almost 30 years, 13% of the people living in the state was categorized as obese. We were shocked that the number of people had increased too much. According to the Alaskan Officials, they prioritized teaching about nutritious food. However, some people believed that individuals were gaining weight because of law, quantity and costly food in this state.
Kentucky – 34.3% Obesity Rate
Kentucky was the place we knew about the fried chicken. In the year 2018, there 37% of people living in the state were obese. From 2016 to 2017, The state ranked second when it was to children and teenagers’ obesity rate. According to the record, Kentucky had limited healthy food. A study claimed that Kentucky was the 43rd ranking when it was about the availability of nutritious food.
Arkansas – 35% Obesity Rate
Arkansas was known for their high-fat, high-protein foods. In that state, we could eat meat, fish and chicken. It was also the reason why the state was suffering from obesity. Obesity was categorized as the most avoidable health problem in the state. Professionals claimed that Southern states were included in the list because fried food was essential in the diet. It was also the cause of unequal riches in the areas.
Louisiana – 36.2% Obesity Rate
Louisiana was well-known for its food. We could eat food like rich gumbo, spicy jambalaya, beignets, po’boy sandwiches, crawfish, pralines, and many more. Obesity also affected children. There were 13.2% of young ones who were not obese. 17% were high school students. It might be the current problem of the people who were African American and Latino.
Alabama – 36.3% Obesity Rate
Alabama was famous for its chicken-fried steak, and the state was also ranked 5 in the country’s highest obesity rate. It had an alarming rate of 36.3%. However, if we consider the number of overweight people living there, it would sum up to 69%. According to the CDC, 31% of Alabama citizens did not exercise or do physical activities in the past month.
Iowa – 36.4% Obesity Rate
Many presidential nominees had tried to get support from the various states. Most of them went to the Iowa State Fair. It was known for the fantastic food sold like bacon-wrapped chicken wings, butter cake shakes, caramel-dipped pecan pie, fried avocado, corn dogs, bacon balls, and many more. It might be the reason why the state was suffering from a high obesity rate.
Oklahoma – 36.5% Obesity Rate
In Oklahoma, the children aged ten to seventeen obesity rates were 18%. The state was ranked sixth in the US when it talked about the highest obesity rate. The value of the kids who were aged six to eleven that were suffering from obesity was doubled. The number of kids who were twelve to nineteen was quadrupled. Experts claimed that children were gaining weight because of energy drinks, sports drinks, and sodas.
Mississippi – 37.3% Obesity Rate
Mississippi had many tasty but not nutritious foods like a mud pie, blue crab, and many more. The state had also gained the top rank obesity rate of adults in the US, 37.3%, and it was the state that had the highest rate in the country. 1.5 million people living in the state were obese or overweight. It might be the biggest problem that public health in Mississippi was facing.
West Virginia – 38.1% Obesity Rate
The rate in West Virginia was 38.1%, which we could say that the state had to face a massive problem with obesity. According to the Health and Human Services division of the state, “One of the most serious public health concerns facing [the] state today.” The authorities had spent $1.4 to $1.8 billion for medical fees. Obesity made people unproductive, and because of obese workers, employers lost $506 per year.
Honorable Mention: Maryland – 31.3% Obesity Rate
Maryland was well-known for the “all you can eat” promotion. It was also the reason why people were getting fat. We knew that crab was challenging to eat, but the state could not control the problem. According to the Department of Health, 45% of the people living in Marylander had blood pressure, 47% had high cholesterol, and 23% had diabetes.
Honorable Mention: Illinois – 31.1% Obesity Rate
Illinois was known for the horseshoe sandwich and was considered an unofficial state meal. It was created in Springfield, Illinois. We only need a thick slice of bread, a piece of the roast beef or burger patty, a lot of hash browns or french fries, and filled it with sausage gravy. We could also imagine what food was like if we were in the state.
Honorable Mention: Virginia – 30.1% Obesity Rate
Virginia had been facing the problem with obesity for an extended period. In 2015, the state got more than $375,000 from the Center for Disease Control to encourage eating nutritious food and physical activities. Virginia might not have belonged in the 25 high obesity rates, but we could not deny that it still had a high rate when it came to obesity.
Honorable Mention: Rhode Island – 30% Obesity Rate
Rhode Island had an astonishing seafood delicacy even if it was not an island. However, most foods on their menu were battered and fried, which was the reason for gaining weight. We could order fried calamari, fish, oyster, and many more. The World Population Review claimed that 30% of the people living in the state were obese.
Honorable Mention: Arizona – 29.5% Obesity Rate
29.5% of people were obese in Arizona. The obesity rate might have lowered because of the government’s effort, but it did not change the fact that the rate was still at an alarming rate. Mexican influenced the food in this state. It might be the reason why people had a hard time to decrease the obesity rate.
Honorable Mention: Oregon – 29.4% Obesity Rate
Many people were surprised that Oregon had a high obesity rate because it had good outdoor activities. The authorities of the state were trying their best to prevent obesity. According to the state’s health promotion manager, “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
Idaho was for their huckleberry. It was the berries that could be put on ice cream, cheesecake, or syrup. A hidden family owned some of the huckleberry farms across the state. We might think that sugar was the cause of why the obesity rate increases. The rate of obese people who reside in that state was 29.3%.
Honorable Mention: Maine – 29.1% Obesity Rate
Maine was known as the most significant state in New England. The obesity rate in that state was 29.1%. It was ranked 2nd in the most obese region. Medical experts told NBC News their explanation that “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
Wyoming was known for its bison burgers, lamb, elk, sausage gravy, and chicken fried steak. It also had 11,500 farms and ranches. People living in the state were indulging the savory of the food that made the obesity rate 28.8%. It might look terrible, but it was not high like the other states in the US.
Honorable Mention: Florida – 28.4% Obesity Rate
Florida might have a lower obesity rate than the other state, but it was still ranked 35th out of 50 states. According to the Florida Department of Health, they were even attempting to decrease the value of people who were obese by encouraging people to do exercise, cheaper nutritious food, and promote workplace and school activities.
Colorado – 22.6% Obesity Rate
Colorado had the lowest value of people who were obese. In the year 2017, the obesity rate of grownups was 23%, but the number of obese people increased. People who were aged 45 to 64 were usually obese. The state authorities were trying to prevent an increase in the number of people who were obese. The officials tried to implement laws and awareness to solve the problem.
District of Columbia – 23% Obesity Rate
The obesity rate in the District of Columbia decreased by 1.9% in the year 2012. The state was ranked 2nd when it was about the lowest obesity rate. The obesity rate was 17.7%, while the overweight kids were 17.8%. According to the survey, the state’s lack of healthy food and people living in that area did not do physical activity.
Hawaii – 23.8% Obesity Rate
Hawaii might be the top 1 when it was about the lowest obesity rate in the US. However, the obesity scale in the state was increasing. The reason was most people who were residing in that state did not do too much exercise. 23.5% of individuals who were living in that state had not done physical activity. 37% of adults in the state claimed that they ate one or less fruit in a day.
California – 25.1% Obesity Rate
California was the 4th lowest obesity rate in the US. One might occur as obese in four adults in this state. There were 12.7% of people aged 18 to 25 who were obese and 24% aged 26 to 44. People aged 45 to 64 were 31%, while 65 years old and above were 24.4%. There might be many problems going on in the state, but obesity was not on the list.
Montana – 25.3% Obesity Rate
Montana had the lowest obesity rate in the year 2019. it was ranked 16th when it was about obesity. More than 26% of the people who were residing in that state were obese. The authorities encouraged programs, nutrition, and not processed foods in hospitals and schools. Montana was trying to find a solution to stop obesity and help people who lived a healthy lifestyle.
Utah – 25.3% Obesity Rate
Utah might have a lower obesity rate than the rest of the country, but it did not mean that they were not facing this kind of problem. There were still many residents who were still healthy. However, most of them were gaining weight. Trust for America’s Health reported their annual “State of Obesity” that the number of obese was rapidly increasing.
Connecticut – 29.1% Obesity Rate
Obesity might be one of the severe problems in the United States. Nobody was an exemption from becoming fat. 21.6% of adults in the state did not do exercise or physical activity in a month. 28.5% of them were not eating nutritious food three times a day. It was one of the states that should find a way to stop obesity.
Guam – 33.6%
30% of the residents in Guam were categorized as obese. After some time, the value of overweight adults increased. The state was having a severe problem when it was about obesity. 60% of people’s death in this state were because of chronic diseases. It was an illness that we got when we did not have a healthy lifestyle. It would mean the resident in that state passed away because of a problem with their weight.
Massachusetts – 25.2% Obesity Rate
Massachusetts had a decrease in the obesity rate in the year 2015 to 2016. It might be good news for the resident, but the state still had a 25.2% obesity rate. It was always an alarming rate that would cause a problem within the state. Massachusetts tried solving the issue by encouraging them to drink water, healthy lifestyle, exercise, many more.
Minnesota – 30.1% Obesity Rate
Minnesota had been consistent in the year 2018 to 2019 when it talked about obesity. However, it still had an alarming rate of 30.1%, according to the Department of Health. Almost one out of three grownups were experiencing obesity. Minnesota was the lowest to its neighboring states like North Dakota, South Dakota, Dakota, and others with 33%.
Nebraska – 34.1% Obesity Rate
Nebraska was one of the highest obesity rates in the US. The number of people who were obese increased for several years. It was 2013 to 2018 when the value of people that were suffering from obesity had gone up. 1/3 of the residents were now obese. Authorities in Nebraska needed to find a way to control the problem. Their program was not enough to decrease the number.
Nevada – 30.6% Obesity Rate
The number of people who were obese in Nevada was increasing. Most of them were suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There might be policies implemented across the state to stop the problem, but it seemed insufficient. Nevada was one of the states needed to enhance the nutritional standard for children’s food.
New Hampshire – 31.8% Obesity Rate
New Hampshire had a big problem when it was obesity. Almost two out of three grownups and 1/4 of the residing children had experienced obesity and overweight. 9% of grownups who were suffering from obesity had diabetes and other weight problems. The rate might be consistent for five years, but this state’s authorities should plan to stop obesity.
New Jersey – 27.7% Obesity Rate
New Jersey might have a lower obesity rate than the other country, but that state’s situation was not good. The number of people who were gaining weight was increasing. However, the authorities of the government took action to stop this problem. “Healthy New Jersey 2020” encouraged people to have a healthy lifestyle. It was a plan to focus on health-centered objectives.