Did you know that according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than seven in 10 adults in the US above the age of 20 are either overweight or obese?
New findings from the Physical Activity Council suggest a need for more aggressive efforts to help fix the issue. According to the report, nearly 81.5 million Americans aged 6 and older were completely inactive in 2016. (Isn't that crazy to read?! They had no physical activity!) Lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of obesity, in addition to genetics, emotional instability and sleeplessness.
To determine where obesity and overweight most dangerously persist, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of obese and overweight population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs.
Good news for the DMV! The District of Columbia is pretty far down on the list, coming in at number 39. With Virginia at 38 and Maryland 24. Keep up the good work, you fitness buffs!
According to WalletHub, here are the top 5 fattest states in America:
- West Virginia