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The secret’s out on American obesity. Where do you fall?

This is not a poll you want to win…

The latest Gallup-Healthways poll confirms America is one of the most obese lands in the world. But where are the fattest people in the U.S.?

The most obese state is Mississippi at 35.4%. Mississippi has been one of the top 10 heaviest states for years… but in 2013 dethroned reigning champ West Virginia as fattest of them all. Only one state had an obesity rate of less than 20%. That’s Montana at 19.6%.

The top 10 most obese states also tended to have higher rates of chronic diseases. A rate of 35.8% of Americans living in these top 10 states had high blood pressure, compared with 26.4% in the least obese states.

The national obesity rate rose from 26.2% to 27.1% in 2013. This is not a good sign for ever-increasing health care costs. The average health costs for an obese person are over $1,300 per year more than for a non-obese person.

It’s not too late to change eating or exercise habits. Even modest weight loss of 5 – 10% can lower the health risks associated with obesity.

See where your state ranked on the list by www.livescience.com below:

  1. Montana: 19.6 percent
  2. Colorado: 20.4 percent
  3. Nevada: 21.1 percent
  4. Minnesota: 22.0 percent
  5. Massachusetts: 22.2 percent
  6. Connecticut: 23.2 percent
  7. New Mexico: 23.5 percent
  8. California: 23.6 percent
  9. Hawaii: 23.7 percent
  10. New York: 24.0 percent
  11. Utah: 24.2 percent
  12. Rhode Island: 24.8 percent
  13. Maine: 24.8 percent
  14. Vermont: 24.8 percent
  15. Maryland: 24.9 percent
  16. New Jersey: 24.9 percent
  17. Oregon: 24.9 percent
  18. Washington: 25.0 percent
  19. Virginia: 25.2 percent
  20. New Hampshire: 25.5 percent
  21. Arizona: 25.6 percent
  22. Florida: 25.6 percent
  23. Idaho: 25.9 percent
  24. North Dakota: 26.0 percent
  25. Illinois: 26.4 percent
  26. Nebraska: 27.1 percent
  27. Kansas: 27.2 percent
  28. Wyoming: 27.8 percent
  29. Alabama: 28.1 percent
  30. Iowa: 28.1 percent
  31. North Carolina: 28.1 percent
  32. Georgia: 28.2 percent
  33. Pennsylvania: 28.2 percent
  34. South Dakota: 28.3 percent
  35. Michigan: 28.9 percent
  36. Texas: 29.8 percent
  37. Wisconsin: 29.0 percent
  38. Missouri: 29.0 percent
  39. Indiana: 29.9 percent
  40. Alaska: 30.1 percent
  41. Oklahoma: 30.5 percent
  42. Kentucky: 30.6 percent
  43. Ohio: 30.9 percent
  44. Tennessee: 31.3 percent
  45. South Carolina: 31.4 percent
  46. Arkansas: 32.3 percent
  47. Louisiana: 32.7 percent
  48. Delaware: 34.3 percent
  49. West Virginia: 34.4 percent
  50. Mississippi: 35.4 percent

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