Survey: Mississippi Has Fattest People For Second Year In Row

| by Michael Allen

A new survey found that Mississippi led the U.S. in obese residents for the second year in a row in 2014. At the other end of the scale, Hawaii was fittest state, weight-wise.

Mississippi had a 35.2 percent obesity rate, while Hawaii clocked in at 19 percent.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index says it collected data for its survey from people's self-reported "height and weight, which are used to calculate body mass index (BMI) scores. Americans who have a body mass index of 30 or higher are classified as obese."

Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Kentucky have consistently had high obesity rates since 2008, which is when Gallup and Healthways began collecting data on obesity.

In that same time frame, Colorado, California, Massachusetts and Connecticut have consistently had low numbers.

Nationwide, the U.S. had a 27.7 percent obesity rate in 2014, which is up from 2013 when the rate was 27.1 percent and 2008 when America was at 25.5 percent.

Nevada, New Mexico, Alabama and Minnesota residents have gotten fatter since 2013, while on average, people in Tennessee have dropped weight.

The Daily Mail noted the survey included "176,702 adults across all 50 states and the District of Columbia."

The survey noted that Americans fail to lose weight for a number of reasons, including a lack of money, no sense of purpose and a lack of supportive relationships.

Sources: Gallup, Daily Mail
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