America has the largest waistlines in the world, often drawing the ridicule contempt of other countries. Most of the fattest Americans are centered on the Midwest and South.
When it comes to exercise and diet, these two regions boast notoriously poor health. In fact, no state in the country has a rate lower than 20% and 22 of the 25 states on this list have obesity rates over 30%. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 30 or above, and the number of overweight adults goes up to 68.6%.
The average American adult weights 24 pounds more today. High levels of obesity lead to illness such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
North Carolina – 29.7%
North Carolina with a whopping 29.7% is one of the fattest states in the USA. The state’s obesity rate has risen at an alarming speed, going from 12.3% in 1990 to 20.9% in 2000. Especially troubling is that 15.4% of 2-4 year olds from low-income families are obese.