Montana is Skinniest State: Survey

Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 04:28 PM

By Nick Tate

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Move over, Colorado. Montana has claimed the title of least obese state in the nation — bumping the Rocky Mountain state out of the enviable top spot for the first time in three years — according to the latest Gallup-Healthways poll.

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The poll, conducted annually, also found that Mississippi ranks as the most obese state, pushing West Virginia out of this unenviable spot, the LiveScience Website reports. 
According to the new survey:
  • In 2013, Mississippi had an obesity rate of 35.4 percent, while the rate in Montana was 19.6 percent, the poll found. Montana was the only state to have an obesity rate of less than 20 percent.
  • From 2010 to 2012, West Virginia ranked as the most obese state, and Colorado ranked as the least obese state.
  • Mississippi has ranked among the top 10 obese states since 2008, according to Gallup-Healthways.
  • The national obesity rate rose last year, from 26.2 percent in 2012 to 27.1 percent in 2013.
  • The states with the 10 highest obesity rates also had higher rates of chronic diseases. For example, 35.8 percent of Americans living in the 10 most obese states had high blood pressure, compared with 26.4 percent of Americans living in the least obese states.
  • People living in states with the lowest obesity rates had higher rates of healthy eating and exercise. For example, in the 10 least obese states, 66.7 percent of people said they ate healthy "all day yesterday," compared with 60.8 percent of people in the 10 most obese states.
"Research has shown that the average health care costs for an obese individual are over $1,300 more annually than [for] someone who is not obese," said James E. Pope, M.D., chief science officer at Healthways in a press statement. "Although slowing, and even reversing, this trend may seem daunting, even modest weight loss of 5 percent to 10 percent of initial body weight can lower the health risks associated with obesity."

The complete list from last to first:
  • Montana: 19.6 percent
  • Colorado: 20.4 percent
  • Nevada: 21.1 percent
  • Minnesota: 22.0 percent
  • Massachusetts: 22.2 percent
  • Connecticut: 23.2 percent
  • New Mexico: 23.5 percent
  • California: 23.6 percent
  • Hawaii: 23.7 percent
  • New York: 24.0 percent
  • Utah: 24.2 percent
  • Rhode Island: 24.8 percent
  • Maine: 24.8 percent
  • Vermont: 24.8 percent
  • Maryland: 24.9 percent
  • New Jersey: 24.9 percent
  • Oregon: 24.9 percent
  • Washington: 25.0 percent
  • Virginia: 25.2 percent
  • New Hampshire: 25.5 percent
  • Arizona: 25.6 percent
  • Florida: 25.6 percent
  • Idaho: 25.9 percent
  • North Dakota: 26.0 percent
  • Illinois: 26.4 percent
  • Nebraska: 27.1 percent
  • Kansas: 27.2 percent
  • Wyoming: 27.8 percent
  • Alabama: 28.1 percent
  • Iowa: 28.1 percent
  • North Carolina: 28.1 percent
  • Georgia: 28.2 percent
  • Pennsylvania: 28.2 percent
  • South Dakota: 28.3 percent
  • Michigan: 28.9 percent
  • Texas: 29.8 percent
  • Wisconsin: 29.0 percent
  • Missouri: 29.0 percent
  • Indiana: 29.9 percent
  • Alaska: 30.1 percent
  • Oklahoma: 30.5 percent
  • Kentucky: 30.6 percent
  • Ohio: 30.9 percent
  • Tennessee: 31.3 percent
  • South Carolina: 31.4 percent
  • Arkansas: 32.3 percent
  • Louisiana: 32.7 percent
  • Delaware: 34.3 percent
  • West Virginia: 34.4 percent
  • Mississippi: 35.4 percent
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