Where are the Heaviest Women in America?

Women in a handful of southern states are more likely to be overweight or obese than anywhere else in the country

If you live down south, odds are you’re probably struggling with a weight problem. Women in Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas and Tennessee are more likely to be overweight or obese than anywhere else in the country. In Mississippi, a staggering 65 percent of women are either overweight or obese. That means nearly two of every three women in the state is either overweight or obese.

On the other end of the spectrum, women in Hawaii, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Massachusetts have the healthiest weights in America.

The weight of the nation is a huge problem for obvious reasons. The more body fat you have, the greater your risk of some pretty scary problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gall stones, breathing problems and colon, breast, endometrial and gall bladder cancers.

Here’s how the states rank when it comes to the percentage of women who are either overweight or obese: #1 is the state with the fewest women who are overweight or obese, and #50 is the state where the most women are struggling with their weight. The numbers are percentages of overweight and obese women

Rank State %
1 Hawaii 47.4
2 Colorado 47.6
2 Nevada 47.6
4 Utah 48.2
5 Massachusetts 49.2
6 Connecticut 49.9
7 Vermont 51.2
8 Minnesota 52.3
9 Oregon 52.7
10 Montana 52.9
11 New Jersey 53
12 Washington 53.7
13 New Hampshire 53.8
14 Idaho 54.2
15 New Mexico 54.3
16 Rhode Island 54.5
17 California 54.8
18 Wyoming 54.9
19 New York 55.4
20 Wisconsin 55.5
21 Arizona 56.5
21 Florida 56.5
23 Maine 56.6
24 Delaware 57
24 Kansas 57
24 South Dakota 57
24 Virginia 57
28 Nebraska 57.3
29 Illinois 57.5
30 North Dakota 57.9
31 Iowa 58.1
31 Missouri 58.1
33 Pennsylvania 58.5
34 Georgia 58.7
34 Ohio 58.7
36 Maryland 59
37 North Carolina 59.3
37 Texas 59.3
39 Indiana 59.5
40 Louisiana 60.9
41 West Virginia 61.1
42 Kentucky 61.3
43 Alaska 61.4
43 Michigan 61.4
43 Oklahoma 61.4
46 Tennessee 62.1
47 Arkansas 62.6
48 South Carolina 63.1
49 Alabama 64.2
50 Mississippi 65
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010


See the State of Women methodology and sources.

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