Nevada in Top 3 with low obesity rates, poll says

A new Gallup Well-Being poll released on Tuesday shows Nevada among the Top 3 states with the lowest obesity rates with an average of 21.1 percent obesity.

Nevada comes in as the third lowest in the nation, falling just behind Colorado at 20.4 percent and Montana at 19.6 percent.

Gallup used information gathered from telephone interviews that took place through much of 2013 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey.

The poll highlights that Nevadans and other top states with the lowest obesity rates have less of a possibility of being diagnosed with chronic diseases during their lifetime, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, cancer and heart attack.

According to the poll, Americans living in the lower-rated obesity states returned the following averages associated with chronic diseases:

  • High blood pressure, 26.4 percent
  • High cholesterol, 23.2 percent
  • Depression. 16.6 percent
  • Diabetes, 9.6 percent
  • Cancer, 7.6 percent
  • Heart attack, 3.5 percent

Furthermore, the poll states that Americans living in the lower-rated obesity states also returned these healthier living averages:

  • Ate healthy all day yesterday, 66.7 percent
  • Ate 5+ servings of fruits/vegetables at least 4 of last 7 days, 59.6 percent
  • Exercised for 30 minutes or more at least 3 of last 7 days, 56.1 percent

Mississippi, West Virginia and Delaware are among the Top 10 states with the highest obesity rates.

Obesity Rates by State

Mississippi 35.4%

West Virginia 34.4%

Delaware 34.3%

Louisiana 32.7%

Arkansas 32.3%

South Carolina 31.4%

Tennessee 31.3%

Ohio 30.9%

Kentucky 30.6%

Oklahoma 30.5%

Alaska 30.1%

Indiana 29.9%

Texas 29.8%

Wisconsin 29.0%

Missouri 29.0%

Michigan 28.9%

South Dakota 28.3%

Pennsylvania 28.2%

Georgia 28.2%

Iowa 28.1%

North Carolina 28.1%

Alabama 28.1%

Wyoming 27.8%

Kansas 27.2%

Nebraska 27.1%

Illinois 26.4%

North Dakota 26.0%

Idaho 25.9%

Arizona 25.6%

Florida 25.6%

New Hampshire 25.5%

Virginia 25.2%

Washington 25.0%

Oregon 24.9%

Maryland 24.9%

New Jersey 24.9%

Rhode Island 24.8%

Vermont 24.8%

Maine 24.8%

Utah 24.2%

New York 24.0%

Hawaii 23.7%

California 23.6%

New Mexico 23.5%

Connecticut 23.2%

Massachusetts 22.2%

Minnesota 22.0%

Nevada 21.1%

Colorado 20.4%

Montana 19.6%


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