According to a study by the non-profit organizations Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the heaviest Americans live in the South, reports AFP.
The study, using government figures, found that about one of every three adults in Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia and Alabama is considered obese.
In total, 12 states had adult obesity rates over 30 percent, all in the southern and the midwestern regions of the U.S.
The healthiest states were in the northeast and the southwest, with Colorado coming in lowest on the obesity ranking. Still, even in thin states, one of every five adults was found to be obese.
Trust for America’s Health director Jeffrey Levi in a statement: “Obesity has contributed to a stunning rise in chronic disease rates and health care costs. It is one of the biggest health crises the country has ever faced.”
The government figures were based a telephone survey by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, where respondents were asked their height and weight, and other questions.