You’re More Likely to Be Overweight If You Live in These U.S. States

A little less than half of new cancer diagnoses in the United States are related to obesity. Overweight and obesity affect approximately a third of Americans today. A person’s risk of developing devastating chronic conditions also increases along with their body mass index. You’re more likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and even cancer the more you weigh.

If you live in one of the fattest states in America, you are more likely to be overweight or obese — or develop at least one obesity-related health condition. Here’s our ranking, based on findings from WalletHub and The State of Obesity (just wait till you see what state is No. 1).

15. Kansas

Kansas City skyline

Over 30% of Kansas’ population is considered obese. | Thinkstock.com

In 2016, 31.2% of adults in the state of Kansas were considered obese. About 30.9% of children in the state were either overweight or obese in the same year. About a third of adults in Kansas lived with high blood pressure in 2015.

Next: This state does not require its children to participate in physical education classes at school.

14. Delaware

Wilmington Delaware skyline along the Riverfront at night

Physical education is not required in Delaware schools. | pabradyphoto/iStock/Getty Images

In 2016, 30.7% of adults in the state of Delaware were considered obese. The state is tied in fifth place for the highest percentage of adults living with high cholesterol among all U.S. states. About 15.8% of high school students in Delaware were obese in 2016. The state does not require physical education as part of their educational curriculum.

Next: Officials expect that about 1.6 million diabetes cases in this state by 2030.

13. Ohio

The Scioto river reflects Downtown Columbus Ohio

The number of people with diabetes in Ohio is only going to increase. | David Rigg/iStock/Getty Images

In 2016, 31.5% of adults in the state of Ohio lived with obesity. In 2015, 34.3% of adults in the state lived with high blood pressure. Over 1 million adults lived with diabetes in Ohio in 2010, and officials project this number will increase to nearly 1.6 million by 2030.

Next: About 30% of this state’s children are considered to be overweight or obese.

12. Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa

Obesity rates have steadily increased in Iowa over the years. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In 2016, 32% of adults in the state of Iowa lived with obesity. Like most other states, obesity rates in Iowa have steadily increased over the past several decades. Just under 30% of the state’s population aged 10 to 17 were either overweight or obese in 2016.

Next: In 2010, over 4 million people received a new high blood pressure diagnosis.

11. Texas

Houston, TX skyline

There is a large percentage of obese children in Texas. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

In 2016, 33.7% of adults in the state of Texas were considered to be obese. Texas has the second highest percentage of obese children among all 50 U.S. states. Over 4 million people were diagnosed with high blood pressure in this state alone in 2010.

Next: Nearly 400,000 residents in this state lived with heart disease in 2010.

10. Indiana

Indianapolis skyline at sunset

Nearly 100,000 people in Indiana had obesity-related cancer in 2010. | RudyBalasko/iStock/Getty Images

In 2016, 32.5% of adults in the state of Indiana were considered to be obese. In 2010, nearly 400,000 Indiana residents lived with heart disease, and nearly 100,000 people had obesity-related cancer in the same year.

Next: In 2015, nearly 40% of this state’s population lived with high blood pressure.

9. South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina, USA

As of 2015 over 35% of South Carolina residents lived with high blood pressure. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

In 2016, 32.3% of adults in the state of South Carolina were considered obese. In 2010, nearly 300,000 adults in the state lived with heart disease, and as of 2015, 37.8% of adults in South Carolina lived with high blood pressure. Shrimp and grits may be your top comfort food, if you live here.

Next: You probably love chicken fried steak — a lot — if you live here.

8. Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the third largest percentage of physically inactive adults. | iStock.com

In 2016, 32.8% of adults in the state of Oklahoma were considered obese. The state has the third largest percentage of physically inactive adults. In 2017, the top comfort food among Oklahoma residents was chicken fried steak.

Next: A higher percentage of adults live with cholesterol in this state than in any other.

7. Alabama

Welcome to Alabama road sign on US-84 near Gordon

Alabama has the highest percentage of adults living with high cholesterol. | iStock.com/miroslav_1

In 2016, 35.6% of adults in the state of Alabama were considered obese. Along with high obesity rates, the state also has the highest percentage of adults living with high cholesterol, the second highest percentage of adults with type 2 diabetes, and, tied with Louisiana, the third highest percentage of adults living with high blood pressure.

Next: Both men and women suffered equally from obesity in this state in 2016.

6. Kentucky

skyline of downtown Louisville Kentucky from across the Ohio River

Kentucky has the fourth highest percentage of obese children. | toddtaulman/iStock/Getty Images

In 2016, 34.2% of adults in the state of Kentucky were considered to be obese. There was an almost equal percentage of men and women met this criteria. Kentucky has the fourth highest percentage of obese children, and the fifth highest percentage of adults living with type 2 diabetes.

Next: This state has the highest percentage of obese adults.

5. Louisiana

Dusk falls over Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, 11 July 2006, almost one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. For tourists strolling through the French Quarter it's easy to forget that Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans a year ago. The beignets are fresh, trinkets and designer clothes are artfully arranged in shop windows, and hurricanes are spinning in the bars on Bourbon Street. But while the music, food and good times have come back, the crowds have not and the city is struggling to make ends meet while its main industry remains crippled. With more than 10 million visitors a year, tourism was once a 5.5 billion dollar industry in New Orleans, accounting for 40 percent of the city's tax revenues and employing 85,000 people. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Over 30% of Louisiana’s children 10 to 17 years old are overweight or obese. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

In 2016, 35.5% of adults in the state of Louisiana were considered to be obese. In the same year, 12.1% of the state’s adult population had type 2 diabetes. Over 30% of its children 10 to 17 years old were overweight or obese. Louisiana also has the highest percentage of obese adults among all 50 states, and is tied for the third highest percentage of adults living with high blood pressure.

Next: A large percentage of adults in this state eat less than a daily serving of produce.

4. Arkansas

A welcome sign marks the state line between Arkansas and Oklahoma

Arkansas has the second highest percentage of physically inactive adults. | wellesenterprises/iStock/Getty Images

In 2016, 35.7% of adults in the state of Arkansas were considered obese. Arkansas has the second highest percentage of physically inactive adults, and the third highest percentage of adults who report eating less than a serving of fruits and vegetables every day.

Next: Over 100,000 people were diagnosed with obesity-related cancer in this state in 2010.

3. Tennessee

downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee has the third highest percentage of adults living with high cholesterol. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

In 2016, 34.8% of adults in the state of Tennessee were considered obese. The state has the fourth highest percentage of overweight children, and the third highest percentage of adults living with high cholesterol. There were also over 100,000 cancer cases related to obesity in this state in 2010.

Next: There are more adults in this state with type 2 diabetes than any other.

2. West Virginia

charleston, west virginia

West Virginia has the third highest percentage of obese children. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

In 2016, 37.7% of adults in the state of West Virginia were considered obese. The state has the fourth highest percentage of obese adults, the third highest percentage of obese children, and the highest percentage of adults living with type 2 diabetes.

Next: More adults in this state have high blood pressure than in any other state.

1. Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA skyline

Mississippi has the highest percentage of adults living with high blood pressure. | iStock.com/Sean Pavone

In 2016, 37.3% of adults in the state of Mississippi were considered obese. As of November 2017, the state also had the highest percentage of obese children among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Mississippi also has the third highest percentage of adults with type 2 diabetes, and the highest percentage of adults living with high blood pressure.

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