Here’s a look at the top 10 fattest states in the U.S. For the full list, click here.
- West Virginia
Obesity is dangerous. It is associated with health conditions, namely heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and stroke.
According to Harvard, in 1990, obese adults made up less than 15 percent of the population in most U.S. states. By 2010, 36 states had obesity rates of 25 percent or higher.
Per CDC, the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
What can you do?
- Choose your plate carefully.
- Eat less. Exercise more.
- Avoid sugary drinks
- Keep a food diary