What portion of each state’s adult population is obese?
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Recently, we looked at the prevalence of obesity in Europe. Today we’re going to have a closer look at the US.
The US has a reputation for having a lot of obese people. Although it’s not the most obese country in the world (which is Nauru with 61% of it’s adult population being obese), it still ranks among the highest in the world. With 36.2% of American adults being obese, the US ranks 12th globally. Kuwait is 11th and the top 10 is completely represented by countries in the Pacific. Turkey is the highest in Europe (32.1%) and ranks 17th globally.
The obesity rate is highest in West Virginia and Mississippi, where almost 40% of adults are obese. Arkansas (37.1%), Louisiana (36.8%), Kentucky (36.6%) and Alabama (36.2%) also have one of the highest rates of obesity in the US.
On the other end of the ranking, we find Colorado. With only 23% of its adult population being obese. It’s the lowest in the United States. D.C. (24.7%), Hawaii (24.9%), New Jersey (25.7%), Massachusetts (25.7%) and California (25.8%) are also amongst the lowest in the US.