Calif. Among States With Lowest Rate of Obesity, Unhealthy Behaviors
The report -- which is based on CDC data -- compared all 50 states and Washington, D.C. on 12 weight and healthy behavior metrics (Polansky, WFSB, 11/4).
According to the report, about 75% of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese. Further, the number of obese individuals has surpassed the number of overweight individuals for the first time (WRCB, 11/4).
Mississippi has the highest prevalence of obesity and overweight residents, while Hawaii has the lowest prevalence.
California ranked 39th overall for high obesity and overweight rates and unhealthy habits. Specifically, the state ranked:
- 40th for high obesity and overweight rates; and
- 39th for unhealthy habits.
Further, the report found that California was among the states with:
- The lowest percentage of obese adults, ranking 46th; and
- The lowest percentage of adults eating less than one serving of fruits and vegetables per day, ranking 51st (Bernardo, WalletHub report, November 2015).