The results are in: Mississippi keeps the crown as the country’s fattest state.
The Centers for Disease Control has just released its 2011 state-by-state obesity data statistics. Obesity is defined as a BMI of greater than or equal to 30 – or being roughly 30 pounds overweight for a 5’4″ tall person.
Mississippi comes in first with 34.9% of the state’s population packing a BMI of ≥ 30. The slimmest state is Colorado with “only” 20.7% of its residents being obese.
In this year’s tabulation, no state had an obesity prevalence of < 20%. Compare that to 20 years ago when no states reported more than 20% obesity rate.
Who’s next in line? The four most obese states after Mississippi are:
- Louisiana (33.4%)
- West Virginia (32.4%)
- Alabama (32%)
- Michigan (31.3%)
When it comes to keepin’ it tight, after Colorado, the least obese states are:
- Hawaii (21.8%)
- Massachusetts (22.7%)
- Tie between D.C. and New Jersey (23.7%)
- California (23.8%)
Regional weight disparities certainly do exist in the United States, as of the 12 states with 30% or more obesity, 11 of them were in the South.
If you want to figure out your BMI, all you need is your height and weight, and this handy online BMI calculator.
To see just how rapidly our country’s waistlines have expanded, check out the interactive slideshow on obesity prevalence in the US available here.