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Our Place in the Universe: 17th fattest state

Posted By: Jackson Reeves · 7/8/2011 1:25:00 PM
Georgia, we're putting on the pounds in our advancing years.
 
According to a recent study from the Trust for America's Health, Georgia is the seventeenth most obese state in the nation. (Technically, we tied with South Dakota.) Furthermore, our obesity rate (currently 28.7 percent) has doubled in the past fifteen years. Our combined obesity and overweight rate is 65.3 percent; it used to be 51.3 percent in 1996. Conclusion: We've gotten fatter since we stopped hosting Olympic sports. In all seriousness, though, this is disheartening news. Additional discouraging factoids:
1. Our diabetes rate rose from 4.2 percent in 1995 to 9.7 percent.
2. Racially, 25.6 percent of whites are obese, 32.7 percent of Latinos are obese, and 38.1 percent of blacks are obese.
3. Economically, 33 percent of adults who make less than $15,000 per year are obese, while 24.6 percent of adults who make more than $50,000 per year are obese.
4. It seems education matters more than income. Adults who didn't graduate college are more likely to be obese than those who did; 33 percent of non-grads are obese, in comparison with 21.5 percent of grads.
5. Of children and adolescents, 21.3 percent qualify as obese.
 
The top five, bottom five, us, and a bunch of other Southern states (in general, the South didn't fare too well in this contest; unless you count high rates of obesity as #winning):
1. Mississippi (34.4%)
2. Alabama (32.3%)
3. West Virginia (32.2%)
4. Tennessee (31.9%)
5. Louisiana (31.6%)
6. Kentucky (31.5%)
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8. South Carolina (30.9%)
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12. Texas (30.1%)
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14. North Carolina (29.4%)
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17. (tie) Georgia and South Dakota (28.7%)
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26. Maryland (27.1%)
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29. Florida (26.1%)
30. (tie) Alaska (25.9%) and Virginia (25.9%)
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47. Hawaii (23.1%)
48. Massachusetts (22.3%)
49. Connecticut (21.8%)
50. District of Columbia (21.7%)
51. Colorado (19.8%)
 
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