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With Thanksgiving dinner in the rearview, it’s probably time to note that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.   According to  the personal-finance website WalletHub, Americans collectively spend up to $315.8 billion annually on obesity-related medical treatment.

In order to encourage America to tip the scale back to good health, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics in a quest to find the fattest states in America.  They looked at a range of indicators from “percentage of adults and children who are overweight and obese” to “sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents” and here’s what you WalletHub discovered.

Top 20 Fattest States
1 Mississippi 11 Delaware
2 Louisiana 12 Indiana
3 Arkansas 13 Arizona
4 Kentucky 14 North Dakota
5 Tennessee 15 New Mexico
6 West Virginia 16 Georgia
7 South Carolina 17 Michigan
8 Alabama 18 Ohio
9 Texas 19 Kansas
10 Oklahoma 20 Missouri

Key Stats

  • Colorado has the lowest percentage of obese adults, 21.3 percent, which is 1.7 times lower than in Arkansas, the state with the highest at 35.9 percent.
  • Colorado has the lowest percentage of physically inactive adults, 16.4 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 31.6 percent.
  • Colorado has the lowest percentage of diabetic adults, 6.8 percent, which is 2.2 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 14.7 percent.
  • Minnesota has the lowest percentage of adults with high blood pressure, 25.2 percent, which is 1.5 times lower than in Louisiana and Mississippi, the states with the highest, both at 38.0 percent.

To view the full report  visit:  https://wallethub.com/edu/fattest-states/16585/