The 5 Most, Least Obese States

Go West, (skinny) young man
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2017 3:49 PM CDT
The 5 Most, Least Obese States
In this Jan. 20, 2010, file photo, a waist is measured during an obesity prevention study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

At least one in five Americans are considered obese, but some of them are clustered together geographically. And if you want to avoid a bulging waistline, you'd do well to steer clear of Paula Deen and the South and head West, notes 24/7 Wall St. in compiling its list of the pudgiest states. The worst states, with their obesity rates:

  1. Louisiana, 36.2%
  2. Alabama, 35.6%
  3. Mississippi, 35.6%
  4. West Virginia, 35.6%
  5. Kentucky, 34.6%

And the most svelte states, with their obesity rates:

  1. Colorado, 20.2%
  2. Hawaii, 22.7%
  3. Montana, 23.6%
  4. California, 24.2%
  5. Massachussetts, 24.3%
Find where your state ranks here. (The US metro areas with the healthiest diets.)

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