According to a WalletHub study that identified the “Fattest States in America,” Colorado came in very last place. And that’s a contest we don’t want to win!
That’s right. In a WalletHub study that ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to the share of residents that are obese or experiencing obesity-related health issues, Colorado came in at No. 51 — and by a long shot! Congratulations, Colorado — we’re the skinniest state in the country.
The analysts measured all the states with 19 weighted metrics across three key dimensions, including Obesity and Overweight Prevalence (60 points), Health Consequences (25 points) and Food and Fitness (15 points). To view a full breakdown of the study’s methodology, click here.
Colorado’s total score was an astoundingly low 39.87. We ranked No. 50 for the share of residents that are obese or overweight; No. 47 for the share of adults experiencing Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure; and No. 40 for established healthy habits in the community.
The next best state was Massachusetts (No. 50) with a total score of 43.3. Utah (No. 49) scored 43.72, while Hawaii (No. 48) scored 43.94.
The fattest states were Mississippi (No. 1) with a score of 66.44, West Virginia (No. 2), Tennessee (No. 3), Arkansas (No. 4), and Louisiana (No. 5). View the full rankings here.
WalletHub also explored the issue on a more local level, ranking the 100 most-populated U.S. cities across similar obesity metrics. The Denver metro area came in No. 97 on that list, with Colorado Springs coming in slightly behind at No. 96. The Seattle, WA, metro area came in best (No. 100) on that report, with Jackson, MS, winning the honors of the U.S.’s fattest city (No. 1). Read the full list of ranked cities here.
With our beautiful weather, limitless access to amazing outdoor activities, and overall commitment to being active, it should come as no surprise that Colorado is the nation’s skinniest state. What do you think? What’s your secret to staying fit? Share your story in the comments below!