This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report detailing obesity rates throughout the 50 states. For the sixth year in a row, Mississippi cinched the top spot: according to results from the study, nearly 34.9% of its population is obese.
On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado is America’s skinniest state — just 20.7% of the population ranks as overweight there. According to the center, about 35.7% of all American adults are obese.
Overall, certain regions of the country fared better than others. For example, the West came in with the lowest rates of obesity, followed by the Northeast, the Midwest and then the South. The Los Angeles Times reported that:
The South had the highest prevalence of obesity – with several states among the 12 that are in the over-30% category: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
The top 10 chubbiest states in the U.S. are:
- West Virginia