OHIO, USA — With more than seven in 10 U.S. adults aged 20 and older being either overweight or obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fat is quickly becoming the American way.
In a study released today, Wallethub reported on 2020's most overweight and obese states in America.
The company analyzed data across 31 key metrics ranging from share in overweight and obese population to sugary drink consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs.
Ohio ranks as the 14th overall fattest state in the U.S. according to WalletHub's survey, which compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food/fitness.
Other highlights from WalletHub's report include Ohio as:
- 28th – % of Overweight Adults
- 15th – % of Obese Adults
- 23rd – % of Overweight Children
- 16th – % of Obese Children
- 18th – % of Physically Inactive Adults
- 12th – % of Adults Eating Less than 1 Serving of Fruits/Vegetables per Day
- 14th – % of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
- 17th – % of Adults with Hypertension
According to Wallethub's study, the 10 fattest states in America are:
1. West Virginia
6. South Carolina
When comparing Ohio with other states in the Great Lakes region, Michigan finished No. 21 in the study, Illinois was No. 34, Indiana finished No. 12, and Pennsylvania was 27th.
WalletHub writes that Americans are collectively spending nearly $200 billion per year on obesity-related health costs.