Most troubling, results collected indicate more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese. No state had a prevalence of adult obesity less than 20 percent, with 12 states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia - clocking in with an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more.
CDC numbers indicate the South had the highest prevalence of adult obesity in 2011 (29.5 percent), followed by the Midwest (29 percent), the Northeast (25.3 percent) and the West (24.3 percent). Mississippi topped the list with an obesity prevalence of 34.9 percent, while Colorado was least fat with an obesity prevalence of 20.7 percent in 2011. For its part, Washington notched an obesity prevalence of 26.5.
The data collected by the CDC on obesity also looked at the relationship between socioeconomic status and fatness.
According to the CDC's report:
Among non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American men, those with higher incomes are more likely to be obese than those with low income.
Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low-income women.
There is no significant relationship between obesity and education among men. Among women, however, there is a trend--those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women.
Between 1988-1994 and 2007-2008 the prevalence of obesity increased in adults at all income and education levels.