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Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults [Infographic]

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 5:12:19 PM by healtheo360

How Does the CDC Define Obesity?

According to the CDC an adult with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher is considered obese. BMI is obtained by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in meters.

Top 10 Most Obese States

1. Mississippi 34.90%
2. Louisiana 33.40%
3. West Virginia 32.40%
4. Alabama 32.00%
5. Michigan 31.30%
6. Oklahoma 31.10%
7. Arkansas 30.90%
8. Indiana 30.80%
8. South Carolina 30.80%
10. Kentucky 30.40%
10. Texas 30.40%

Top 10 Least Obese States

1. Colorado 20.70%
2. Hawaii 21.80%
3. Massachusetts 22.70%
4. New Jersey 23.70%
4. Washington, D.C. 23.70%
6. California 23.80%
7. Utah 24.40%
8. New York 24.50%
8. Nevada 24.50%
8. Connecticut 24.50%


About 80 to 90 percent  of Americans diagnosed with Type-II diabetes are also medically obese. These statistics offer insights that link obesity and diabetes.

Obesity adds additional stress to your body in many ways, including impeding your body’s ability to manage healthy blood glucose levels. Additionally obesity causes your body to become more resistant to insulin. Meaning, obese individuals need to take even more insulin to get sugar into their cells compared to people with healthier BMIs. It is far from hopeless, folks struggling with obesity and diabetes can often manage from making healthy alterations to their lifestyles or engaging with diabetes support groups.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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