The obesity and overweight problem in the United States: It’s a serious threat

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    WalletHub published “2019’s Fattest States in America” on Tuesday, with Florida falling roughly in the middle of the country.

    The analysis is based on myriad factors, including obesity, consumption of sugary beverages, lack of physical activity and obesity-related health care costs.

    Florida ranks 28th in the data that includes 50 states and Washington, D.C.

    The top 10 fattest states are Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Delaware and Ohio.

    The least fattest states are: Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, Minnesota, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, and Arizona.

    The data comes as Thanksgiving dinner draws near. Also, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

    The situation is serious, according to the report: More than seven in 10 adults, age 20 and older, are overweight or obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    At issue is a need for more aggressive efforts to combat the problem, according to the report. with 82.1 million Americans 6 and older “completely inactive in 2018.”

    That lack of physical activity, combined with genetics, emotional instability and sleeplessness, contributes to obesity.

    If you want to look at what’s happening in other states and read the whole report, see:

    Diane Rado
    Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.