Obese States: The Highest And Lowest Rates Of Obesity, By State

The obesity rate in the United States is, on a whole, staying steady, according to a new Gallup-Healthways report.

The report shows that the obesity rate was 26.2 percent in 2012, which is about the same as the 26.1 percent rate in 2011.

State obesity rates have also largely remained unchanged, with only three states experiencing an increase in obesity — New Jersey, North Carolina and Georgia — and one state actually experiencing a decrease in obesity — Delaware.

Of all the states, Colorado had the lowest obesity rate at 18.7 percent. Meanwhile, West Virginia had the highest obesity rate at 33.5 percent.

The report, which is based on telephone interviews from 353,564 U.S. adults conducted between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 last year, also examined rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in the United States. Researchers found that the rate of high blood pressure was sightly lower from 2011 to 2012 — 30 percent to 29.3 percent — but state high blood pressure rates largely didn’t waver, with the exception of declining hypertension rates in Pennsylvania and Washington.

Eleven percent of people surveyed reported having diabetes, which is the same amount as 2011, researchers noted. Unsurprisingly, states with the highest high blood pressure and obesity rates were also the ones with the highest diabetes rates.

For a look at the most and least obese states according to the new report, click through the slideshow:

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  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 1. Colorado

    The report found that 18.7 percent of Colorado residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 2. Massachusetts

    The report found that 21.5 percent of Massachusetts residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 3. Montana

    The report found that 22.0 percent of Montana residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 4. Connecticut

    The report found that 22.7 percent of Connecticut residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 5. California

    The report found that 23.1 percent of California residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 6. Utah

    The report found that 23.9 percent of Utah residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 7. Arizona

    The report found that 24.1 percent of Arizona residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 8. Rhode Island

    The report found that 24.3 percent of Rhode Island residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 9. Idaho (Tie)

    The report found that 24.4 percent of Idaho residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 9. New Jersey (Tie)

    The report found that 24.4 percent of New Jersey residents are obese.

  • Lowest Obesity Rates: 9. Washington (Tie)

    The report found that 24.4 percent of Washington residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 1. West Virginia

    The report found that 33.5 percent of West Virginia residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 2. Mississippi

    The report shows 32.2 percent of Mississippi residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 3. Arkansas

    The report found that 31.4 percent of Arkansas residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 4. Louisiana

    The report shows 30.9 percent of Louisiana residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 5. Alabama

    The report found that 30.4 percent of Alabama residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 6. Kentucky

    The report found that 29.7 percent of Kentucky residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 7. Tennessee

    The report found that 29.6 percent of Tennessee residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 8. Ohio

    The report found that 29.5 percent of Ohio residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 9. Oklahoma

    The report found that 29.2 percent of Oklahoma residents are obese.

  • Highest Obesity Rates: 10. Iowa

    The report found that 29.0 percent of Iowa residents are obese.

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