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Jun 10

A Spreading Problem

morbid obesityWeight loss surgeons and physicians in bariatric clinics continue to fight against the epidemic of obesity and obesity-related diseases that is overtaking the United States. We have commented several times that if this trend is not contained soon, it will threaten the entire healthcare system of our nation. Here is what the latest CDC (Centers for Disease Control) report had to say about obesity statistics for 2017:

  • Every state in the U.S. had more than 20% of adults with obesity.
  • 20% to less than 25% of adults had obesity in two only states (Colorado and Hawaii) and the District of Columbia.
  • 25% to less than 30% of adults had obesity in 19 states.
  • 30% to less than 35% of adults had obesity in 22 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  • 35% or more adults had obesity in seven states (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia).
  • The South (32.4%) and the Midwest (32.3%) had the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by the Northeast (27.7%), and the West (26.1%).

Where do you think the most obese and least obese states are? Where do you think Florida will rank? Come back this Wednesday and we will tell you where our state stands, but for now, here is a clue: Florida is not typical of southern states. Meanwhile, here are the five most and least obese states:

Most Obese

Least Obese

1 West Virginia 38.10% 1 Colorado 22.60%
2 Mississippi 37.30% 2 Hawaii 23.80%
3 Oklahoma 36.50% 3 California 25.10%
4 Iowa 36.40% 4 Utah 25.30%
5 Louisiana 36.20% 5 Montana 25.30%

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