CDC Unveils Latest Fat Map

Obesity tops 20% in every state

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2012 1:48 AM CDT | Updated Aug 14, 2012 2:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – More than a fifth of adults in Colorado are fat, but it's still the skinniest state in the nation, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map that highlights the scale of America's obesity epidemic. The CDC's 2011 map, based on a continuous, wide-ranging series of surveys, shows that at least 20% of people in every state are obese, and in 12 states, more than 30% of people are obese, Wired reports. Obesity is most prevalent in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.

Tennessee has dropped off the most obese list and Indiana has joined it, but the CDC warns that this year's map can't be directly compared with previous years because of some changes in methodology. States in the "fat belt" tend to be those with the highest rates of strokes and diabetes and lowest per-capita incomes, MedPage Today notes. Mississippi, America's poorest state, is also its heaviest, with 34.9% obesity.

Comparing this 1986 map with the CDC's latest shows how the obesity epidemic has exploded over the last 25 years.
Comparing this 1986 map with the CDC's latest shows how the obesity epidemic has exploded over the last 25 years.   (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Obesity was least prevalent in Southwestern and Northeastern states, according to the CDC.
Obesity was least prevalent in Southwestern and Northeastern states, according to the CDC.   (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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