We’re all concerned about our waistlines, and for excellent reason. We can’t blame the “obesity gene” when we’re reduced as a society to putting fat in our water. But some states are heftier than others, and a new analysis has found which is at the top and why.
The analysis, run by WalletHub, studied everything from the percentage of obese adults to how many residents live more than a mile away from a supermarket or other source of fresh food, and at the top lies Mississippi, followed by Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Meanwhile, the skinniest states are Utah, Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Hawaii.
However, this can be deceptive. For one thing, America is getting bigger all the time, with more than a third of all American adults reporting they’re obese, something even “skinny” states have to deal with. For example, Hawaii may technically be among the skinniest, but its native peoples are struggling with a Type II diabetes epidemic.