Although last year Mexico dethroned the United States as the world’s most obese country, weight problems continue to be a significant threat to the health of many Americans. Despite many doctors' best efforts, many Americans are still not achieving an adequate amount of physical activity.
According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control, the government recommends that adults participate in 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of physical activity each week. This small amount of exercise helps reduce risk of several diseases both physical and mental, from heart disease to depression. Unfortunately, only 51.6 percent of American adults reach this goal each week.
The CDC’s report also included a map depicting the percentage of individuals who receive the recommended 150 minutes of physical exercise on a weekly basis. Only Colorado, Alaska and Washington D.C. have more than 25% of residents achieving above or beyond that level, while West Virginia, Tennessee and Mississippi all fall below 15%. The remainder of the states fall somewhere between 15% to 25%, with interesting distribution changes from coastal states to landlocked Midwestern states.
As for the laziest state, Mississippi scored the highest percentage (36%) of adults who claimed to have no time for physical activity at all, according to TheBlaze.
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Here's the map, courtesy of the TheBlaze:
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