Obesity is a serious epidemic in the United States. Over one third of the population has a Body Mass Index (BMI) score greater than or equal to 30, which is considered not just overweight, but obese. Obesity can take a significant toll on one’s overall health and longevity.
As of 2016, the states with the greatest share of obese people include Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia, where 35% or more of the population are obese. States in the West and Northeast tend to have healthier lifestyles, with obesity rates of 25 to 30%. Within any state, no matter where it’s located, there are regions where residents are far more likely to have avoided obesity.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and found the counties with the lowest obesity rates in each state. Eagle County in Colorado is the least obese county in all of the country, with 11.8% of the population considered obese. Only 9.4% of the population is physically inactive — less than half of the national average of 22% — and just 3.3% of the population has diabetes.