According to an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Virginia was named the most obese state in America. The study claims that West Virginia has a 38% obese rate among adults.
Experts claim that this should not be surprising since West Virginia is among the highest rates of diabetes, hypertension and obesity-related cancers, according to Consumer Protect.
West Virginia was followed closely in the obesity rankings by Mississippi, Oklahoma, Iowa and Alabama.
With an obesity rating of 23 percent, Colorado is the least obese state. Colorado was followed by the District of Columbia, and the western states of Hawaii, California and Utah.
TOP 10 MOST OBESE STATES.
1. West Virginia
10. South Carolina
…AND THE 10 LEAST OBESE STATES
2. District of Columbia
7. New York
The data for this report came from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. This is a survey conducted over the phone by CDC and state health departments.
Along with being the state with the highest obesity rate, West Virginia also is the state with the highest percentage of obesity at 15.2%.
A 2015 study by Wallethub named West Virginia the state with the highest drug-overdose death rate and the least happy state in America.