We might still be able to slurp down a super-sized Big Gulp here in New York, but we —arguably—have a right to since a new poll has found that we are not the obese state. Mississippi takes the cake with a whopping 35.4% obese population.
Americans overall are continuing to live unhealthy lifestyles; they do not exercising as much as they should, while not eating enough healthy foods. The rate obesity has increased nationally since 2008. The rates were calculated from weight and height measurements (obsess= a BMI of 30 or >) of 178,072 adults living throughout the U.S. in 2013.
New York squeezed into the top ten list of states with the lowest obesity rates with a lighter obese population of just 24%. According to the Take Care New York 2012 report, the number of New Yorkers who drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day dropped to 28.2% in 2012, compared to the 35% in 2007. However, the research from this separate study found that we are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables.
The Gallup poll found that Montana ranked the least obese state with just 19.6%.
Following the fat Mississippi, West Virginia (33.45), Delaware (34.4%), Louisiana (32.7%), and Arkansas (32.3%) rounded out the top five.