A new report from WalletHub aims to rank states by the degree of and consequences of obesity, and South Carolina is ranked low.
The Palmetto State comes in at 5th, from a health standpoint better only than Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana and Mississippi. In general, Southeastern states fared worse than New England and Western states.
The rankings are based on the rates of overweight residents and obesity as well as behavioral measures such as inactivity, cholesterol and hypertension levels, diet smarts and access to healthy food.
Here is an interactive map showing the states by their overall rankings. Bluer states have an overall unhealthy degree ov overweight people and unhealthy habits. Below the map is some raw data, including the overall rank by state, rank by weight and rank by habits and health problems.
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Finally, we present the methodology used by the study authors, including the exact measures used and their sources.
|Overall Rank||State||Overall Score||‘Obesity & Overweight Prevalence’ Rank (highest =1)||‘Unhealthy Habits & Consequences’ Rank (highest =1)|
|21||District of Columbia||43.95||35||4|
In order to identify the states with the biggest weight problems, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, including “Obesity & Overweight Prevalence” and “Unhealthy Habits & Consequences.”
Next, they compiled 12 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights.
To obtain the final rankings, they attributed a score between 0 and 100 to each metric. The more points a state accrued, the bigger its weight problems are. Therefore, 100 points = the worst state. We then calculated the weighted sum of the scores and used the overall result to rank the states. Together, the points attributed to the two major dimensions add up to 100 points.
Obesity & Overweight Prevalence – Total Points: 70
- Percentage of Adults Who Are Overweight: Full Weight (~11.67 Points)
- Percentage of Adults Who Are Obese: Double Weight (~23.33 Points)
- Percentage of Children Who Are Overweight: Full Weight (~11.67 Points)
- Percentage of Children Who Are Obese: Double Weight (~23.33 Points)
Unhealthy Habits & Consequences: 30
- Percentage of Residents Who Are Physically Inactive: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Percentage of Residents with High Cholesterol: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Percentage of Adults Eating Less than 1 Serving of Fruits/Vegetables per Day: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Percentage of Residents with Diabetes: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Percentage of Residents with Hypertension: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Adolescents: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Death Rate Due to Obesity: Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
- Healthy-Food Access (percentage of urban-area residents with low income and living more than 1 mi. from a grocery store or supermarket): Full Weight (~3.75 Points)
Sources: Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Trust for America's Health and the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service.