Fattest US states ranked

Fattest U.S. states ranked. (Photo: courtesy WalletHub)

(KUTV) In light of National Diabetes Awareness Month, personal-finance website WalletHub released a report on 2017's Fattest States in America, along with interesting stats about diabetes.

November marks National Diabetes Awareness Month, and Americans are collectively spending nearly $200 billion per year on obesity-related health costs.

To determine which states contribute the most to America's overweight and obesity problem, WalletHub's analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics.

They range from share of overweight and obese population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs.

The top 10 fattest states are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Tennessee
  4. Arkansas
  5. Louisiana
  6. Kentucky
  7. Alabama
  8. Oklahoma
  9. South Carolina
  10. Indiana

The #1 least fat state is Colorado, followed by Massachusetts and Utah.

Utah is the 49th fattest state, which also ranked #14 in the 'Food & Fitness' rank.

The Beehive State ranked in 4th place for lowest percentage of obese children, and #1 for lowest percentage of overweight children.

Utah tied with Colorado for second in lowest percentage of adults with high blood pressure. Utah scored #2 for lowest percentage of adults with Type 2 Diabetes.

The top states for 'Highest % of Obese Adults' are:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. Alabama
  4. West Virginia
  5. Arkansas

The top states for 'Highest % of Obese Children' are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Texas
  3. West Virginia
  4. Kentucky
  5. Louisiana / Rhode Island (tie)

According to WalletHub, it is estimated that diabetes cost the U.S. $407.6 billion in 2015 ($312.2 billion in direct medical costs, $95.4 billion in non-medical costs).

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