Summary of the Nations Fattest Cities Report
According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than seven in 10 U.S. adults aged 20 and older are either overweight or obese.
The scales are creeping higher and higher for too many of us in the United States. At the same time, our wallets are getting thinner. Extra weight has caused us to spend nearly $316 billion per year in obesity-related medical treatment alone.
Recently, WalletHub analyzed data from across the country and made the following findings:
• The Top 5 Fattest States in the Country are in the SouthEast. Mississippi ranks #1 followed by West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The “fattest” score is not only based on weight alone, but also its contributing factors (inactivity, poor diet) and consequences (chronic conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure)
• When taking into account weight alone, the states with the highest percentage of obese adults are (in order): Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, and Arkansas.
• The states with the highest percentage of obese children include: Mississippi, Texas, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Rhode Island.
• Over 100 metro areas were assessed as well and the Top 5 Fattest Cities are Jackson MS, Memphis TN, Little Rock AR, McAllen TX and Shreveport LA. The cities were measured not only on the percentage of obese adults and children, but also its environment – such as the accessibility of active places (parks, recreational facilities) and health foods.
Why are we overweight? It’s not really a mystery….
• Physical inactivity is a huge factor. Those states least likely to exercise are (in order): Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
• Diet plays a big role as well. In the most obese states, there is a large number of people who barely eat even one serving of a fruit or vegetable per day.
What are the consequences of being overweight? It’s not about how you look or the size of the pants you are in. Your health and longevity is at stake.
• Obesity-related conditions that are attributed to weight include Type 2 Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure. Most of these are considered preventable, with the right lifestyle choices.
There are so many choices available out there for you to better manage your health and weight. There is an entire industry for weight loss that mostly advocates extreme/fad diets or pills/supplements. Currently, Americans spend more than $68 billion per year on these programs.
But you do not need to spend your hard earned money on either weight loss pills or at the doctor with one simple change – EAT MORE PLANTS.
When you build your meals from a generous array of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans—healthy vegetarian choices—weight loss is remarkably easy. And along with it come major improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. You also reduce your risk for other health concerns, such as many types of cancer.
Here are some helpful places to start:
What Do The Best Diets Have In Common
WalletHub: 2017’s Fattest States in America
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine