Center for Disease Control & Prevention Releases Obesity Stats for 2011: Where does your state fall?
California (yay!), New York, and Colorado are among the least obese states. Mississppi tips the scales with a staggering 34.9% of residents classified as obese. West Virginia, Texas, and other Southern states are not too far behind. Overall, 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%) (GO WEST!) It’s no shock that the least obese states happen to be states where people are more physically active and more concerned with health.
Obesity is a growing problem in the United States with a whopping 35.7% of adults who can be classified as obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart attack, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers (CDC); not to mention problems of daily living and happiness. Obesity is not only a serious health concern, it is also extremely costly. According to the CDC, “In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.” (CDC). WOW! That is a truly shocking and disturbing statistic.
Will this obesity problem in the U.S. continue to worsen or do you think people are getting smarter and making better choices? We can only hope for the latter.