Everything continues to get bigger in Texas, including its citizens. A new Wallethub analysis has Texas ranked as the 1oth fattest state in the country. The analysis, which was released Tuesday, compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across three dimensions; obesity and overweight prevalence, health consequences, and food and fitness.
These dimensions were evaluated using 25 metrics, which included the share of overweight adults, the share of adults eating less than one serving of fruits/vegetables per day, and fast food restaurants per capita. The raw data was gathered from the U.S. Census Bureau, The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, and the National Conference of State Legislatures and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, among other places.
“According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than seven in 10 U.S. adults aged 20 and older are either overweight or obese. Rates are lower for children and adolescents but have risen drastically in the past few decades,” Wallethub stated. “So prevalent has America’s obesity problem grown that the weight-loss industry continues to expand. In 2017, the U.S. weight loss and diet control market was valued at $66 billion. The U.S. spends in total nearly $200 billion in annual health care costs related to obesity.”
Texas also ranked second for the highest percent of obese children in the country, behind Mississippi, which was the fattest state overall.
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