Do You Live in the Fattest State in America?

Along with cooking and recipes comes the need to concern yourself with a healthy lifestyle and concern with moderation. Keep reading to find out which American states are the fattest in America…and get some recipes that will keep you living healthy in a society that is, to put it plainly…more obese than fit.

Obesity in an epidemic in this country, and we all know why: people make unwise choices with what they eat. Yes, you can be genetically big-boned, but eating fast food and fried goodies 5 days a week will not do you any favors.

So which states have it the worst?

2012′s 12 most obese states are as follows:
1. Mississippi
2. Louisiana
3. West Virginia
4. Alabama
5. Michigan
6. Oklahoma
7. Arkansas
8, 9. Indiana and South Carolina (tie)
10, 11. Kentucky and Texas (tie)

26 of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South.

The Trust for America’s Health utilizes criteria such as lists of America’s most unhealthy states and the levels of adult obesity by state (made public by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); the top heaviest states have an adult obesity rate above 30%. Mississippi is the winner (loser?) at number one on the list with an adult obesity rate of 34.9 percent; Colorado has the lowest rate at 20.7%.

Here is the list of all American states in by percent:

1. Mississippi (34.9%); 2. Louisiana (33.4%); 3. West Virginia (32.4%); 4. Alabama (32.0%); 5. Michigan (31.3%); 6. Oklahoma (31.1%); 7. Arkansas (30.9%); 8. (tie) Indiana (30.8%); and South Carolina (30.8%); 10. (tie) Kentucky (30.4%); and Texas (30.4%); 12. Missouri (30.3%); 13. (tie) Kansas (29.6%); and Ohio (29.6%); 15. (tie) Tennessee (29.2%); and Virginia (29.2%); 17. North Carolina (29.1%); 18. Iowa (29.0%); 19. Delaware (28.8%); 20. Pennsylvania (28.6%); 21. Nebraska (28.4%); 22. Maryland (28.3%); 23. South Dakota (28.1%); 24. Georgia (28.0%); 25. (tie) Maine (27.8%); and North Dakota (27.8%); 27. Wisconsin (27.7%); 28. Alaska (27.4%): 29. Illinois (27.1%); 30. Idaho (27.0%); 31. Oregon (26.7%); 32. Florida (26.6%); 33. Washington (26.5%); 34. New Mexico (26.3%); 35. New Hampshire (26.2%); 36. Minnesota (25.7%); 37. (tie) Rhode Island (25.4%); and Vermont (25.4%); 39. Wyoming (25.0%); 40. Arizona (24.7%); 41. Montana (24.6%); 42. (tie) Connecticut (24.5%); Nevada (24.5%); and New York (24.5%); 45. Utah (24.4%); 46. California (23.8%); 47. (tie) District of Columbia (23.7%); and New Jersey (23.7%); 49. Massachusetts (22.7%); 50. Hawaii (21.8%); 51. Colorado (20.7%).

Are you obese or in danger of being so? People with a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or higher are considered obese. Check yours here!

In the mean time, consider a healthy diet and exercise regimen. These recipes are some of my favorites:

Low-Fat Turkey Wrap
Low-Carb Caribbean Cod
Diet Lasagna with Cabbage
Healthy Chicken & Pasta
Asparagus and Roasted Pine Nuts in Lemon Vinaigrette

What are your thoughts on these stats and your particular state’s obesity rates? How do you keep healthy against the odds and temptations of your local grub? Us Chicagoans have a soft spot for pizza, hot dogs and beer…yikes! We like to pretend like the sport peppers, green relish, tomato and pickle give us our needed veggie intake for the day…

Give me your two cents in the COMMENTS!

Emilie

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