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
|3. West Virginia||32.40%|
|8. South Carolina||30.80%|
Top 10 Least Obese States
|4. New Jersey||23.70%|
|4. Washington, D.C.||23.70%|
|8. New York||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