Colorado Still the Least Obese State, According to Gallup

In the latest update on our nation's health, Colorado wins, while West Virginia loses

Following the news that both childhood obesity and fast-food consumption were down (high five, America), Gallup has released its annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, ranking states from least obese to most obese from numbers collected through 2012.

This year, Colorado is once again the least obese state, with 18.7 percent of poll participants having a BMI of 30 or above (this is up from 18.5 percent from last year, however).

Massachusetts came in second with 21.5 percent of poll participants ranking as obese; Montana had 22 percent.

On the opposite end of the scale, West Virginia kept its position as the most obese state, with 33.5 percent of their population ranking as obese. Mississippi came in second (number one on the CDC poll last year), with 32.2 percent of their participants being obese. Finally, Arkansas was number three in 2012, with 31.4 percent.


On the bright side, West Virginia's numbers did decrease by about 2 percent (down from 35.3 percent last year). The report found that almost 26.2 percent of Americans were obese in 2012, pretty much the same amount as 2011. Guess we were celebrating a bit too soon? Head on over to Gallup for the full report.