It’s no secret that a lot of people in the country are overweight, and according to a new report it’s just getting worse. According to the CDC, the number of states with high obesity rates has doubled in the past two years.
Only two decades ago, no state had an obesity rate over 25%, yet in 2020, there were 16 states with obesity rates over 35%. That’s particularly troubling, because obesity is linked to such health issues as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and many types of cancer.
Overall, Mississippi had the highest obesity rates, at 39.7%, with Delaware, Iowa, Ohio, and Texas having rates above 35% for the very first time. As for the state with the lowest obesity rate, that would be Colorado, with only 24.2% of their population obese.
16 States With Obesity Rates Over 35%:
- South Carolina
- West Virginia