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August 07, 2007

The Fattest States

By Worker Bee

Our pals at CalorieLab have published their annual ranking of the heftiest states. All right, all you Colorado people, what’s the secret? Mississippi is once again the “winner” for most obese, and California remains unchanged.

Click the map to read the detailed statistical breakdown.

A few points to consider:

– How do regional and/or cultural preferences affect obesity rates?

– Since there aren’t really any “thin” states, it’s not so much a matter of what some states are doing right – some states are just doing less “wrong”. What “right” steps do all states need to take?

– What role, if any, should the government play in addressing the obesity epidemic?

Further reading:

What Does 4,000 Calories a Day Look Like?

What Does a 410 Pound Weight Loss Look Like?

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10 years 1 month ago

Fun game: Match the fat state with its starchy produce. Idaho potatoes make you 23% fat. Nebraskan corn makes you 24% fat.

And hey, since when did Washington D.C. turn into an island located 300 miles east of Florida?

10 years 1 month ago

So do Coloradoans eat pine cones? Sorry, dumb joke. 😉

10 years 1 month ago

Note that this is the rate of obesity across the board – include “overweight” and the numbers increase drastically.

10 years 1 month ago

Why is it mostly the south and east are heavier?

What is it that the north and west are leaner?

10 years 1 month ago
Well, at the risk of everyone disagreeing…my travels to the South and the East Coast have indicated to me that the health bug hasn’t quite taken hold the way it has on the West Coast. There’s a lot of lighter fare, sushi, “French California lite” type cuisine that just isn’t as popular/prevalent yet in other parts of the country. For example last summer I visited a girlfriend in Atlanta, and there was a noticeable difference in what sorts of foods were popular – more fried, more carbs (sandwiches, and the salads tended to have more “goodies” on them), fish tended… Read more »
10 years 1 month ago

Is anyone struck by the fact that the fattest states are some of the poorest ones?

Hania princes
2 years 13 days ago

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John Smith
9 months 17 days ago

Thanks for sharing this fantastic article here.

Danny D
7 months 10 days ago

Interesting article… looking forward to more posts like this