Top 10 Least Obese U.S. States

Name the states of the U.S. where the fewest percentage of adults have a BMI over 30.
Source: CDC, 2018
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State
23.0
Colorado
24.9
Hawaii
25.7
Massachusetts
25.7
New Jersey
25.8
California
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State
26.9
Montana
27.4
Connecticut
27.5
Vermont
27.6
New York
27.7
Rhode Island
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Level 71
Jan 16, 2018
Interesting. Northeastern states I expecteded, since I've been there, and Pacific, but didn't quite expect the Rockies states.
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Level 72
Jan 17, 2018
There's lots of reasons why! The Mountain States are full of outdoor enthusiasts: skiers, mountain bikers, etc. In the rural areas, it's also a lot of work to care for your property, farm, livestock, whatever. Plus, with all that clean air and beautiful land, people are general very health-conscious – about what we eat, etc. And at that altitude, walking down the street'll burn 500 calories. ;-)
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Level 33
Apr 8, 2018
America is fatter than I thought. A fifth of the population of the least obese state is fat.
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Level 65
Apr 8, 2018
I think 1 in 3 Americans is obese. Not just fat. Obese. That's horrifying. It's an epidemic, and it needs more attention. It drives up the costs of health care and other social safety net programs.
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Level 68
Apr 9, 2018
Interesting how 1/3 of Americans are obese, yet around 13% of Americans have "food insecurity," which doesn't necessarily mean they're dying of starvation, moreso that they may only eat once a day or every other day.
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Level 78
Apr 9, 2018
I blame too much convenience food, too little sleep, too much TV, too much self-indulgence with junk food, and too much computer and phone time, sitting on our backsides taking online quizzes or gaming when we should be working or actively playing (or getting a good night's sleep). Grandma and Grandpa worked from before sun up to past sun down, raising food, cooking and preparing that food (no fast food alternatives), cleaning and maintaining their home and property (without riding lawnmowers or power vacuums), caring for animals, and then getting a good night's sleep. If they ate sweets it was only a small piece of cake or candy as a treat. They practiced the principle of delayed gratification without even realizing it, and depended on themselves to do whatever needed to be done. Hmmm, I've just shamed myself into getting off the computer and getting busy. Bye y'all.
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Level 59
Apr 13, 2018
I think it's about what people eat rather than how much they eat. I'm an expat in France, and people here are slimmer than North Americans. But actually they eat a lot. They just don't eat salted snacks and melted cheese, and they don't drink sugary drinks.
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Level 67
Nov 26, 2019
The question is, in the long run what costs a country more, paying fat people's healthcare till they die in their 60s or have a mostly healthy nation living long in to their 80s.
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Level ∞
Dec 28, 2019
Nearly every European country has a problem with obesity as well.

https://www.jetpunk.com/info/countries-by-obesity

Honestly, the word "obese" sounds a lot worse than the actual condition. A 5'10" person is considered obese at a weight of 210 lbs, which is obviously overweight but hardly immobile.

For a particularly salient example, this guy was obese.

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Level 88
Feb 13, 2020
Thanks for that QM, I'd almost forgotten how much fun it was to watch that man run.
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Level 69
Aug 13, 2020
While BMI as a metric is pretty invalid if you lift, most people don't lift
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Level 61
Jan 16, 2018
Something odd I discovered. In all of these states, with the exception of Utah, medical marijuana is legal. Any possible connection?
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Level 72
Jan 17, 2018
Politically liberal governments give rise to much better healthcare and social welfare programs. Utah, on the other hand, is pretty easily explained by Mormons, who don't smoke, drink, or do drugs.
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Level 83
Jan 25, 2018
The highest BMI states correlated pretty well with the poorest states (7 were on both lists). I haven't checked how this one correlates with the richest states, but I expect there might be some overlap.
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Level 83
Jan 25, 2018
Massachusetts, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Hampshire, California. So 5 states on least obese and richest both.
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Level 35
Apr 10, 2018
There is also the factor of increased social pressure to look better in liberal states (there's more people to see you, liberals live in metropolitan states...) :)
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Level 58
Apr 8, 2018
No.
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Level 77
Jan 19, 2018
I'm very surprised by Hawaii, I thought it would be similar to the rest of Pacific.
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Level 82
Apr 8, 2018
Hawaii natives do indeed have high rates of diabetes and obesity, there just aren't as as many of them as you'd expect. In Hawaii, the percentage of islanders is much lower than the percentage of people with Japanese ancestry.
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2018
An interesting quiz would be one with the highest discrepancy in reported vs. actual obesity (and one with the highest similarity).
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Level 58
Apr 4, 2020
How do you get the figures for the "actual" obesity rate, if it's not reported ?
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Level 20
Mar 5, 2018
You should update, I believe some states have shifted. I think Vermont is on the list now. And some of the BMI numbers have changed. But great quiz.
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Level 56
Apr 8, 2018
It's kind of sad that the lowest still has more than 22%
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Level 59
Apr 8, 2018
Yes... yes it is.
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Level 36
Apr 8, 2018
Lol New Jersey isn’t on here just because of Chris Christie
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Level 53
Apr 9, 2018
Never been to the USA, but I remember an american english teacher here in Colombia telling me "Colorado is the fittest state in the USA". Finally found out he was right.
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Level 56
Apr 9, 2018
BMI is also not a necessarily an indicator if a person is obese or not. I have a BMI of over 30, but that's because I'm mostly muscle - I may have a little bit more fat on me than necessary, but there is no way anyone would consider me obese, let alone fat.
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Level 35
Apr 10, 2018
exactly.... currently anyone that occupies themselves in physical combat sport and most people in the army are counted as obese because of BMI... :)
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Level 22
Apr 10, 2018
When we have female models who any respectable Doctor will tell you is morbidly obese yet we glorify them for parading around with fat folds hanging out all over their bathing suits and the public is castigated for pointing that out we will continue to be the most morbidly obese country in the World.
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Level 35
Apr 10, 2018
exactly- so-called 'fat-shaming' actually does more to harm people than to help. the fact that fat-shaming is apparently now a human rights issue is a sad reflection of western society....
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Level 40
Apr 10, 2018
Wow! I really would've expected Vermont to be on the list! All the people who live there are hippies and vegans! *in a good way*
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Level 72
Aug 23, 2020
Hey, looks like Vermont’s clean living’s finally paid off – they’re on the list now!
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Level 45
Apr 11, 2018
I expected Alaska.
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Level 81
Oct 13, 2019
Oddly, the 2nd least fat state is usually just called "Mass".
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Level 82
Dec 29, 2019
I wonder why Wyoming cowboys are so much fatter than Colorado ones.
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Level 80
Aug 13, 2020
I think the states have quite different cultures.
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Level 72
Aug 23, 2020
As someone from Colorado, an hour away from the Wyoming border, you are absolutely right: the two states have very, very different cultures. Colorado is blue/liberal/Democratic, whereas Wyoming is very red/conservative/Republican. Just that fact alone branches out into dozens of reasons how and why health and healthcare are prioritized higher (both personally and institutionally) in Colorado.
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Level 54
Jun 9, 2020
Proud of my state for being number 1... not that it's surprising. It seems like everyone here is either a mountain biker, climber, or skiier.
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Level 66
Aug 13, 2020
With the latest update, looks like NY is on here twice
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Level ∞
Aug 14, 2020
Fixed :)
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Level 72
Aug 18, 2020
The concept of BMI is incredibly flawed. While it works generally, it only takes into account body weight, not differentiating between fat and muscle mass. Schwarzenegger is obese by BMI standards, which is ridiculous.