It’s no surprise our national faces a severe obesity problem. Fast food is around every corner, our long work days lead to poor choices out of sheer exhaustion. But chin up, New England. We did alright in a recent study by WalletHub, the personal finance website. This new study reveals the most obese states, but New England fares well, especially Massachusetts.
Can you believe the home of Dunkin’, Papa Ginos, and Friendly’s is among the states with the least overweight people in the country? At least according to this particular research. As reported in MassLive, this study focused on three main categories: obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food/fitness. WalletHub investigated every state’s share of overweight people (from children through adults). They also calculated where the obesity rate would be in the year 2030. They compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 31 key metrics.
Showing up with as the #1 most obese state was West Virginia. Results showed approximately 41.3% of that state’s adults are classified as obese. That is a huge problem. Meanwhile up in the mountains, Colorado ranks as the least obese state. It’s likely due to their “outdoor culture.” After all, Colorado is well-known for it’s hiking and skiing.
So, where did the New England states rank? This new study reveals the most obese states, but New England fares well, especially Massachusetts! You will see below how each New England state ranks out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. You will see which of our region’s state has the most obese and which the least. See the full map and the full report and rankings HERE.
Each New England state, here, is listed from worst to best for obesity with details on each disclosed.