Most and Least Obese States in America (Some of these surprised me!)

Gallup recently released their “State of the States” poll findings on obesity in America state by state.  Click HERE for the original article and to find where your state falls on the list.  Here are the most and least obese states in America: 

Obesity in America: The Most and Least Obese States (you might be surprised!)`

Here are the ten least and ten most obese states in 2013.

Credit: Gallup

Credit: Gallup

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Credit: Gallup

Why should you care about this data?  Because information is powerful.  If you are living in or moving to a state with a high obesity rate, it is helpful to be aware that classic foods enjoyed locally are possibly a contributing factor to that rate.  The South is known for deep fried food, large servings, and lots of  side dishes at meals, and it is unsurprising that these traditions when coupled with the American tendency to under-exercise means southern states tend to struggle more with obesity.

When I moved to Texas I learned that sliced white bread is a standard side at a BBQ, just out in a basket with butter nearby.   White bread and butter now and then isn’t going to hurt you, but if you’re grazing near the table it’s easy to add 200 or more calories to your meal just with the bread and butter.  I mean no criticism, of course.  I only want to point out that when being introduced to a new food tradition or culture you should be sentient of how that food fits into your health goals and nutritional needs.  It’s always good to evaluate what you’re putting in your body and why, even when the tradition is your own.

It’s also relevant to note that this survey gathered data on chronic diseases, exercise habits, and diet.  Read HERE for all that information.

Did any of the most and least obese states in America surprise you?  Delaware was a shock to me at 34.3%  Where does your state fall on the list? Be sure to subscribe to the blog, like the Facebook page, follow me on Twitter and Pinterest, and to use the social media buttons below this post to share with your friend.

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