In the United States, the problem is no less serious; in fact, as of 2018, the prevalence of obesity among the US population was 42.4%, which represents an increase of 9.2% over the last two decades.
Today, Colorado is the only state that has a prevalence of obesity less than 25% in the total population. Next, we present to you which are the states with the highest number of inhabitants that have reported being obese or overweight, get to know them!
No. 15 Kansas
Kansas is one of the states most affected by obesity; In a survey of its inhabitants, approximately 35% of the inhabitants reported having a body mass index of 30%, or higher, taking into account their height and weight.
What are the reasons that could trigger this problem in Kansas? According to national statistics, there are characteristics that could play against the health of its inhabitants, such as the low prevalence of physical activity and low income.
No. 14 Oklahoma
In 1990, the obesity rate in Oklahoma was 10%; Until 2019, this index rose by more than 20%, since currently a total of 35% of the population has a body mass index of more than 30%, a trend that continues to rise.
There are two characteristics that put the Oklahoma population at greater risk; On the one hand, it has been observed that the majority of the inhabitants do not have the habit of exercising and, on the other, the statistics show a high rate of premature deaths.
No. 13 Alabama
In Alabama, 36.2% of women and 36% of men show a body mass index that places them within the statistics of people with obesity in the United States, with a higher percentage among people between 45 and 64 years old.
One fact to take into account is that statistics show a higher rate of obesity among people with less than high school education, while those with university studies have a lower rate of obesity.
No. 12 South Carolina
More than 35% of adults living in South Carolina have a body mass index greater than 30%; Until just five years ago, the trend in the state remained stable, as the authorities reported 25% of people with obesity.
There are three pieces of information that would put South Carolina at risk for a higher percentage of obesity: the low prevalence of high school graduates; a 20% increase in binge drinking habits, and a 13.4% increase in people with diabetes.
No. 11 Tennessee
This is one of the states most affected by obesity. In 1990, the percentage of people with obesity was 10%; today, these numbers have multiplied, yielding a total of 36.5% of inhabitants with a high body mass index.
Three of the characteristics that affect Tennessee the most are: a high prevalence of multiple chronic diseases, a high rate of premature deaths, and, finally, a higher rate of violence and crime than in other states.
No. 10 Kentucky
In recent years, the trend in Kentucky has remained slightly balanced, but no less worrying for that: more than 36% of its inhabitants show a body mass index greater than 30%, thus raising the risk of suffering from other diseases.
Between 2013 and 2019, Kentucky showed a 25% increase in people with diabetes. As in other states, there are large numbers of people with chronic diseases, as well as a large rate of premature death.
No. 9 Indiana
In Indiana, more than 35% of people report having a body mass index greater than 30%; of these, 35.7% correspond to women, while 34.9% to men. The group with the highest incidence are adults between 45 and 64 years old.
Obesity increased by 22% between 2011 and 2019; In addition, a high rate of people with habits such as smoking and drinking is reported, as well as a high tendency to premature deaths. Obesity, on the other hand, increased by 9% compared to 2016.
No. 8 Michigan
36% of the inhabitants of the state of Michigan have a body mass index greater than 30%; In just seven years, the obesity rate in Michigan increased by 16%, with the most affected group being adults between 45 and 64 years old.
Likewise, a high prevalence of people with chronic conditions is reported, and a low rate of university graduates, a group that represents the least part of the population that suffers from obesity, with a percentage of 31.1%.
No. 7 Mississippi
If there is a state that presents a marked tendency to obesity, it is Mississippi; A high body mass index has been found in more than 40% of the population, which could be explained, among other things, by the low rate of physical activity in people.
The age groups most affected by obesity in Mississippi are: adults between 18 and 44 years old, with 38%; adults over 65 years of age, with 37%; Finally, the group with the highest rate of this condition are adults between 45 and 64 years of age.
No. 6 Louisiana
The obesity rate in Louisiana had a slight decline between 2018 and 2019; However, an increase in other types of conditions has been shown, such as a high rate of problems such as excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco.
Louisiana has also shown an increase in the rate of premature deaths and in the number of violent crimes. As in other states, the lowest obesity rate is found in college graduates, with 31.8%.
No. 5 West Virginia
Since 2015, the trend regarding obesity has been on the rise in West Virginia, where a total of 39.7% of the population has a body mass index higher than what is considered healthy, that is, greater than 30%.
One of the favorable characteristics of WV is that there is a low prevalence in the adoption of habits such as the consumption of alcoholic beverages in excess; however, a large part of the population suffers from chronic diseases and other conditions.
No. 4 Texas
Obesity is present in more than 34% of the population in Texas, a state that has also been affected by a 20% increase in people with diabetes between 2011 and 2019; of this percentage, 12.2% are adults.
One of the problems that most affect Texas is that a large part of its inhabitants have reported a tendency to avoid medical visits to hospitals, claiming that the cost of these is too high for the type of income they receive.
No. 3 Georgia
33.1% of Georgia’s population has a body mass index greater than 30%. Since 1996, the tendency to suffer from obesity in this state has been increasing, which has resulted in an increase in the suffering of chronic diseases.
In Georgia, a higher number of people with diabetes have been recorded, representing 12.2% of adults; In addition, as in Texas, people avoid going to medical centers and hospitals due to the high costs of care.
No. 2 Arizona
Although 31% of the population in Arizona has a body mass index of more than 30%, good news for the state is that a decrease in the rate of people with high cholesterol has been reported, which until 2011 was 40 %.
In Arizona, of the 31% of people with obesity, 32.1% are women and 30.7% are men; the most affected group is that of adults between 45 and 64 years of age, while university graduates have a lower rate of obesity.
No. 1 Nevada
The prevalence of obesity in the state of Nevada is 31.9%. In the past decade, the lowest rate was 27.6%, which has represented a steady increase in the number of people with this condition, most of them adults.
Perhaps one of the most remarkable data, according to the statistics, is that Nevada is one of the states with the lowest rate of physical arousal, in addition to a high rate of drug use and little access to medical care due to the high cost of is.
Source: Americashealthranking.com / cdc.gov