Fattest vs. Thinnest States

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 12:10:56 +0000


Fattest state: Mississippi, for the 5th straight year, where 1 out of every 3 adults (33.8%) is obese.

Thinnest state: Colorado, where nearly 1 out of every 5 adults (19.1%) is obese.

Read about the map HERE.

Compare the 2010 map with this 1985 map!

Obesity is more than being fat or pleasingly plump. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health. Being overweight makes one more vulnerable to such diseases as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and cancer. 

Obesity is defined by body mass index (BMI), which in turn is closely related to both percentage body fat and total body fat. BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s mass or weight (measured in lbs or kilograms) by the square of his or her height (measured in inches or meters). Here’s what a BMI value means:

  • <18.5 is Underweight
  • 18.5 to 24.9 is Normal weight
  • 25.0 to 25.9 is Overweight
  • 30.0 to 34.9 is Class I Obesity
  • 35.0 to 39.9 is Class II Obesity
  • >40.0 is Class III Obesity

The surgical literature breaks down “class III” obesity into further categories:

  • Any BMI ≥ 35 or 40 is Severe Obesity
  • A BMI of ≥ 35 or 40–44.9 or 49.9 is Morbid Obesity
  • A BMI of ≥ 45 or 50 is Super Obesity

To calculate your BMI, GO HERE.


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