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Does your state have the highest rate of obesity?

Trivia Question: Which state has the highest rate of obesity?

  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • South Carolina

Answer: West Virginia has the highest rate of obesity, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Its obesity rate (35.3%) is accompanied by the highest rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI), a number which is calculated based on a person’s height and weight. If a person has a BMI of 18.5-25, he or she is considered to have a normal weight range. People with a BMI of 25-30 are may be considered overweight for their height and weight, and people with a BMI over 30 are considered obese. The CDC estimates that over one third of Americans are obese, leading to $190 billion in annual medical costs.


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