We want to make
people aware of the obesity problem in the country. Obesity is a direct result
of inactivity and poor food choices.- Ryan Miller
‘Adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes well-balanced and nutritious food habits and engaging in regular physical activity is the most vital towards preventing obesity.’
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a report from
JAMA Internal Medicine
found that more than three-quarters of American adults today are
either overweight or obese.
The number of obese people has surpassed that of the overweight, for the first
time in history.
In 2015, about 81.6 million Americans were
Americans collectively spending up to $315.8 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatment.
the past two decades, especially, America's weight problem has grown
dramatically, inspiring a surge of new programs and products designed to
promote better health and help Americans shed the extra pounds.
New statistics published
by the Physical Activity Council suggests a need for more aggressive efforts to
combat the issue.
Weight that is
higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is
described as being overweight or obese.
from energy imbalance between the calories consumed and calories expended.
Obesity and overweight occur over time when the calories intake exceeds calorie
Body Mass Index or BMI
screening tool for obesity. BMI is a simple index of weight for height that
classifies overweight and obesity in adults.
A high BMI is
an indicator of higher body fat.
Factors that Cause Obesity
18.5 - 24.9
Normal or healthy weight
25.0 - 29.9
30.0 and Above
The two main
factors that cause overweight and obesity are
- Energy-dense foods that are high in fat content
- Lack of
physical activity due to increasing sedentary lifestyle.
include genetics, emotional instability, sleeplessness, smoking, environmental factors and certain
Obese individuals are
at a greater risk of cardiovascular diseases
(mainly heart disease and stroke), which are the
leading cause of death, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders (especially osteoarthritis - a highly
disabling degenerative disease of the joints) and some cancers (including
endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney, and colon).
With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2016's Fattest States in America
The WalletHub's analysts compared the 50 states and the District of
Columbia based on 17 key indicators of weight-related problems.
Dimensions Used to Conduct Analysis
3 key dimensions include
- Obesity & Overweight
- Unhealthy Habits & Consequences and
- Food & Fitness.
The dimensions were evaluated using 17 relevant metrics. Each
metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most
overall scores for each state were calculated based on the weighted average across all metrics and the results were used to construct our ranking.
The data set ranges from "percentage of adults and children who are
overweight and obese" to "sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents."Table Representing Top 20 Fattest States in US
In the table below, a rank of No. 1 corresponds
to the state with the biggest weight problems.
Key Findings From the Study
Ways to Tackle Obesity
- Colorado has the lowest percentage of obese adults, 21.3%, which is 1.7 times lower than in Arkansas, the state with the highest at 35.9%.
- Colorado has the lowest percentage of physically inactive adults, 16.4%, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 31.6%.
- Colorado has the lowest percentage of diabetic adults, 6.8%, which is 2.2 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 14.7%.
- Minnesota has the lowest percentage of adults with high blood pressure, 25.2%, which is 1.5 times lower than in Louisiana and Mississippi, the states with the highest, both at 38%.
healthy, well-balanced diet ensuring calorie intake does not surpass calorie
- Regularly engaging in physical activity, at least 30 minutes a day
- To give up smoking and drinking habits
- Keep the mind fit by engaging
in yoga and meditation.
- Keep track of BMI, waist
- Avoid sedentary lifestyle and engage in physical activities
- What Causes Overweight and Obesity? -
- Defining Adult Overweight and Obesity -