Obesity Rates Vs. Population Growth

The research correlating weight with your social network is out.  So, it makes me wonder as I look at the states with the highest rates of obesity whether they will build on themselves.  Will they continue to get more and more obese?  The logical next question is whether that will at some point affect things like the healthcare costs in these states, employment growth in these states, and population growth.

Given two options, would you move to a healthier state or do you believe that you’re above this social pressure which will lead to less exercise and higher weight? 

The states with the highest rates of obesity were:

  1. Mississippi (33.8%)
  2. Alabama
  3. Tennessee (tied for 2nd)
  4. West Virginia
  5. Louisiana
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Kentucky
  8. Arkansas
  9. South Carolina
  10. Michigan
  11. North Carolina (tied for 10th at 29.4%)

The fastest growing states (2008-2009) were:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Utah
  3. Texas
  4. Colorado
  5. Alaska
  6. Arizona
  7. Washington
  8. North Carolina
  9. Georgia
  10. South Carolina

One Response to “Obesity Rates Vs. Population Growth”

  1. I wonder if there is any study done that shows a correlation between obesity and political affiliation. Because looking at the both lists, except for Michigan, all the states are republican majority states.

    The only red states to be excluded are the ones in the cold region of midwest, ID, ND, SD, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, with Virginia being the oddball.

    Anyway, you hit the nail on the head. I believe social pressure plays a large role in keeping people weight in check. Unfortunately over the past 15 years, there has been a persistent anti-conformity trend that’s been developing, which has conditioned people to think that it is acceptable and normal to be overweight. We as a society has become extremely accommodating of large people, regardless of the state lines.

    In other words, two things have happened. People who exert such social pressure have been silenced. People in general have become immune to such pressure, should one still exists.

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