The list above shows the 10 states with the highest obesity rates:
3. West Virginia
5. South Carolina
10. (tie) Arkansas
10. (tie) Ohio
Oklahoma’s also ranked fifth in the nation in the rate of diabetes, third in “physical inactivity,” and eighth in hypertension.
(West Virginia is first in diabetes, while Mississippi is first in physical inactivity and hypertension. See a large chart with all those numbers.)
So, while we’re not the worst state in the nation, we’re pretty close. One good sign is when it comes to children’s health. When ranking the states with the most obese people aged 10-17, Oklahoma is 33rd out of 51 states (the report includes D.C.) I guess that means Oklahomans don’t get fat until adulthood. Possibly because of the huge emphasis on youth and high school sports.
Just in case, here are the states with the lowest rates of obesity:
42. New Jersey
48. Rhode Island
So, congratulations to Coloradans and the residents of other skinny states. Keep up the good work. To the rest of you, quit eating so much and exercise once in a while.