Ohio ranks among top 15 fattest states in America

  • Kara Driscoll
  • Staff Writer
7:25 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 Local

Ohio has some of the fattest people in America, according to a new survey from WalletHub.

Ohio ranked ninth for the percentage of overweight adults living in the state and 29th for the percentage of people who are obese. It also ranked ninth for obese children and 18th for physically inactive adults.

Ohio was ranked 13th overall out of the fattest states in the U.S. Mississippi ranked No. 1 followed by West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana.

WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 19 key metrics. They range from share of overweight and obese population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs.

The U.S. spends in total nearly $200 billion in annual health care costs related to obesity.

More than 81 million Americans, 6 years old and older, were completely inactive in 2016, according to a report from the Physical Activity Council. Lack of physical activity is a leading cause of obesity. Genetics, sleeplessness and instability also contribute to weight gain.

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