Obesity has been on the rise over the past decade across the US, despite the advent of Instagram, “athleisure” and boutique fitness classes. According to data from the CDCP, obesity has risen “significantly” in the past decade, with more than one in three American adults now qualifying as obese.
Another study from ConsumerProtect cited by MarketWatch looks at this trend in greater detail, breaking down the most and least, obese states in the country.
So, which state has the worst obesity problem? That would be West Virginia, where 38.1% of adults are obese. WVa. also has the highest diabetes rate in the country and ranks poorly on other health metrics that often accompany obesity.
In second place is Mississippi, with 37.3% of its population qualifying for that honor.
There is a long list of accompanying factors that include the lowest life expectancy, the second lowest level of people who report engaging in no exercise and the highest rate of people who eat less than one piece of fruit a day.
On the other end of the spectrum is Colorado, which has the lowest level of obesity in the country, at less than 23%.
This pattern follows the very same geographic profile as the Trump electoral map. And it confirms what is now a common theme – Trumptards vote against themselves.
One thing that’s important to remember is that obesity comes with costs both to the individual, and to society at large. Obese people shoulder medical costs that are $1,400 per year higher than people of average weight. Another estimate put that number at about $2,700.
Already, the societal costs of obesity are extremely high: “Treating obesity and obesity-related conditions costs billions of dollars a year. By one estimate, the US spent $190 billion on obesity-related health care expenses in 2005 – double previous estimates.” And it keeps rising.
Meanwhile, Trump is doing his best to undermine the healthcare of the very people that voted for him. His people are clearly fat, dumb – but also very unhappy!
When will they wake up.