As a whole, the US is fat, but according to a new report, Mississippi was the most overweight in the nation in 2018.
On the other side of the spectrum, Utah and Colorado scored the lowest on the obesity scale in the new analysis by WalletHub.
Because of its three measures – prevalence of obesity and overweight people, related health problems and the food and fitness routines of residents – States in the South are consistently ranked as those where weight was the biggest problem.
The report's authors say their findings underline the locations where the US needs the most to redouble their efforts to combat the burden of obesity and, in turn, risks to chronic health problems such as heart disease and type II diabetes.
With Mississippi at the forefront of research, WalletHub research found that states in the southern US are the & # 39; thickest & # 39; (darker teal) are, according to the measures for prevalence of obesity, poor nutrition, inactivity and health problems related to obesity and obesity
In the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no fewer than seven out of ten Americans are overweight or obese.
And the high obesity percentages of the nation feed many of the leading causes of death.
The CDC does not mention obesity itself as a cause of death, but many experts have suggested that, given the implications for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease – the latter being the most deadly disease for Americans – there should be one.
Not only that, but Dr. Darius Mozaffarian, dean of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science, told the New York Times that he believes that poor diet and nutrition are the leading cause of death.
Previous research has suggested that 1,000 in the US is directly caused every day by the tendency of Americans to eat far too much processed meat and salt and not enough nuts, seeds and fish with fatty acids such as salmon.
According to the new report, health care spending on obesity costs the US nearly $ 200 billion a year.
But the share of that burden varies from state to state.
By looking at factors such as the percentage of adults and children with obesity or overweight, with people who are sedentary, with people with high cholesterol and blood pressure, people with type II diabetes and people with an unhealthy diet, WalletHub ranked the states according to how large there is is a problem that excess BMIs are present in each.
The 10 best and worst states were:
- West Virginia
- District of Columbia
Adults were most likely to be overweight in Nevada, Delaware, New Hampshire, Texas or New Mexico.
But they were more likely to be obese – with a body mass index (BMI) of or above 30 – in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama or Iowa.
Montana, California, Hawaii, Washington, DC and Colorado, however, had the lowest percentage of obese adults.
The American diet is notoriously lacking in nutrition and instead contains many processed foods, saturated fats, sugars and red meat.
It is not just what Americans eat, but what we are do not eat that our risk of being overweight, obese and generally ill.
Nutritionists may disagree about which specific diets or approaches to eating are best and worse, but it is fairly common that a healthy dose of fruit and vegetables is the key to getting the nutrients we need and fighting inflammation.
But in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia, a large proportion of American adults eat less than one portion of fruit and vegetables a day.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the list of states with the highest prevalence of type II diabetes is strikingly similar: West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.
And those same five usual suspects had the highest rates of high blood pressure.
The other American trend that leads to obesity. Americans do not exercise much.
Somewhere between 25 and 35 percent of Americans are inactive – jobs where they sit all day, go home and usually sit and do not participate in regular physical activity.
The rates of inactivity in Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma are well above the national average.
It is striking that many of the states that scored the worst and & # 39; boldest & # 39; are ranked, states with a high poverty rate are also an important risk factor for obesity.
Many Americans believe that healthy foods are more expensive than sugary, fatty, processed foods, such as Mississippi's favorite comfort foods, mud pies or West Virginia pizzas.
But & # 39; it's a myth that you have to spend a lot of money to eat well & # 39 ;, said Dr. Molly Bray, nutritionist at the University of Texas at Austin.
& # 39; First, preparing things to eat at home increases the chance that the food will be of better quality, with less fat and sodium, and also cheaper. & # 39;
She recommends cheap proteins such as eggs, lentils, beans, rice and whole chicken. For vegetables, carrots and potatoes are cheap and nutritious.
But Dr. Bray also acknowledges that food producers fill their products with empty calories – a practice that the US government could, but does not.
& # 39; The government should demand that food companies put health above profit, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Filling foods with additives and preservatives extends shelf life and increases profit margins, but does little to promote health.
Meer More regulation in the field of dietary supplements would help eliminate quack products promoted by famous doctors who claim to promote weight loss to a vulnerable and often desperate audience.
& # 39; Prevention is the key to reducing healthcare costs, and that should start in school. & # 39;
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