THE FATTEST (AND THINEST) STATES
Posted On Jul 11, 2011
The latest study on weight gain in America, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011,” includes a state-by-state report card. The report, from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, reported that 12 states now have obesity rates above 30 percent—compared to only one state four years ago. As far as winners and losers go, the top five states in terms of trimness are: 1. Colorado; 2. Connecticut; 3. Massachusetts; 4. Hawaii; and 5. Utah. The five worst states in terms of flab are: 1 Mississippi; 2. Alabama; 3. West Virginia; 4. Tennessee; and 5. Louisiana. Lest the winners get too cocky, keep this in mind: The state with the lowest obesity rate today would have had the highest rate in 1995.