A new so-called "obesity map," published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicates that 27 percent of Idahoans were overweight in 2011—about the middle of the pack—far less than nearly 35 percent of Mississippians but more than 21 percent of Coloradans. The CDC measured obesity as being 30 pounds or more above normal weight.
The new data found that the U.S. South was the heaviest region, with Louisiana (33.4 percent); West Virginia (32.4 percent); and Alabama (32 percent).
On the low end of the scale—literally—were states such as Hawaii, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California and the District of Columbia, all hovering in the low 20 percent range.
Additionally, the CDC reports that there was no significant relationship between obesity and education among men. Among women, however, the CDC said there was a trend: Those with college degrees were less likely to be obese compared with less-educated women.
In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion.