SLIDESHOW: Study reveals fattest states in America

SLIDESHOW: Study reveals fattest states in America

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A recent report found that more than three quarters of American adults are either overweight or obese. And the number of obese people is higher than that of the overweight.

With that in mind, and the calorie-heavy holidays just around the corner, WalletHub compared 50 states and the District of Colombia across 12 metrics to determine which states have the highest number of people who are too heavy.

The data ranges from the percentage of adults and children who are overweight and obese, to sugar consumption by children.

Mobile user? You can view the state rankings here.

Methodology

"To obtain the final rankings, we attributed a score between 0 and 100 to each metric. The more points a state accrued, the bigger its weight problems are. Therefore, 100 points = the worst state. We then calculated the weighted sum of the scores and used the overall result to rank the states. Together, the points attributed to the two major dimensions add up to 100 points," according to the website.

Obesity & Overweight Prevalence – Total Points: 70

  • Percentage of Adults Who Are Overweight: Full Weight (~11.67 Points)
  • Percentage of Adults Who Are Obese: Double Weight (~23.33 Points)
  • Percentage of Children Who Are Overweight: Full Weight (~11.67 Points)
  • Percentage of Children Who Are Obese: Double Weight (~23.33 Points)

Unhealthy Habits & Consequences: 30

  • Percentage of Residents Who Are Physically Inactive: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Percentage of Residents with High Cholesterol: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Percentage of Adults Eating Less than 1 Serving of Fruits/Vegetables per Day: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Percentage of Residents with Diabetes: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Percentage of Residents with Hypertension: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Adolescents: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Death Rate Due to Obesity: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
  • Healthy-Food Access (percentage of urban-area residents with low income and living more than 1 mi. from a grocery store or supermarket): Full Weight (~3.75 Points)

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