Metabolism How to Turn It Up And Obesity Rates

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For a healthy lifestyle, you want to focus on being healthy and fit. Whether you are thin, fit, curvy, or plus-sized you need to eat right.

Keep in mind that exercise is key to keeping your body strong and preventing ailments like Osteoporosis.

For the obese, use your weight to your advantage as your “built-in” resistance training. Run, Sweat, Eat Clean and add resistance when you’re ready. 


Obesity Rates By State 2021

Someone who is considered to be obese has a BMI of 30.0 or higher. Obesity is a growing concern in the United States and around the world that is causing beauty standards to seem unattainable for most people.

The United States ranks 12th in the world for obesity. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 36.9% of American adults age 20 and older were obese based on 2015-2016 data. 37.9% of men and 41.1% of women are considered to be obese in the United States. This is twice as many as three decades ago.

Approximately 15% of children and teens are overweight, three times as many as there were in the 1980s.

Obesity is the result of several factors such as overeating, lack of physical activity, poor diet choices, genetics, metabolism, and culture.

Americans are more likely to consume simple carbohydrates, convenient fast food, and processed pre-packaged foods. These foods tend to be higher in calories, less filling, and less nutrient-dense, causing people to consume more calories than they need. This caloric surplus combined with a lack of physical activity and exercise causes weight gain over time.

Obesity can lead to increased health risks such as type 2 diabetes, nerve damage, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death behind tobacco use. Because of the lasting and significant impacts of obesity, it is a significant factor in determining the healthiest and unhealthiest states.

According to The State of Obesity, the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data shows that 12 states now have obesity rates above 35%.

Between 2018 and 2019, Michigan and Pennsylvania saw increases in their adult obesity rates, and Florida saw a decrease.

Other states and D.C.’s rates remained about the same.

The ten states with the lowest obesity rates are:

  1. Colorado (23.8%)
  2. District of Columbia (23.8%)
  3. Hawaii (25.0%)
  4. Massachusetts (25.2%)
  5. California (26.3%)
  6. Washington/Montana (28.3%)

Colorado’s low obesity rate can be attributed to its culture and lifestyle.

Mississippi also has the lowest life expectancy of 74.5 years. West Virginia follows with an obesity rate of 39.7% and has the highest rate of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. at 15.7%.

Many residents enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, and are generally conscious of eating whole, nutrient-dense foods, and their own wellbeing. Mississippi is the most obese U.S. state, with an obesity rate of 40.8%.

The ten states with the highest obesity rates are:

  1. Mississippi (40.8%)
  2. West Virginia (39.7%)
  3. Arkansas (37.4%)
  4. Oklahoma (36.8%)
  5. Kentucky (36.5%)
  6. Tennessee (36.5%)
  7. Alabama (36.1%)
  8. Michigan (36.0%)
  9. Louisiana (35.9%)
  10. South Carolina (35.4%)

Here are the 10 states with the highest rates of obesity:

  1. Mississippi (40.80%)
  2. West Virginia (39.70%)
  3. Arkansas (37.40%)
  4. Oklahoma (36.80%)
  5. Kentucky (36.50%)
  6. Tennessee (36.50%)
  7. Alabama (36.10%)
  8. Michigan (36.00%)
  9. Louisiana (35.90%)
  10. South Carolina (35.40%)

You have the potential to drop a larger amount of weight more quickly, but because you have so much of it to lose, you have to really focus on being consistent all the way through to the end.

Most importantly be patient with yourself if you have a lot of weight to lose…you didn’t put it on overnight and you won’t lose it all overnight.

Most importantly, don’t fall for the “quick fix”. The “quick fix” pills, shakes, DVD’s, products out there are targeting “you”…if you choose to use them, use them with understanding and caution. Think of them as an aide in your exercise/clean eating habit, rather than a replacement.

Remember, the best way to lose weight is not with extreme diets or pills…”if you lose it too fast, it might not last”. And, now you should understand the reason why…Metabolism is key.

Happy Training!

Written by: Ann Lauren

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1 thought on “Metabolism How to Turn It Up And Obesity Rates”

  1. It took me a long time to figure out this weight loss thing and realized it’s a lot easier than I thought it was. What trips a lot of us up is that we are looking for the quick fixes, and we get caught up in the trends trying to find an easy way out. This is really a great way to look at your weight loss: “Run, Sweat, Eat Clean and Add Resistance when you’re ready.”

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