Americans collectively spending nearly $237 billion per year on obesity-related health costs, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently said.

The company released its report on 2018’s Fattest States in America as November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. To determine which states contribute the most to America’s overweight and obesity problem, WalletHub says it compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key metrics, including share of overweight and obese population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs.

So where did the Peach State come in when it comes to the fattest states?

No. 14.

The Top 15 were as follows:

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas
  4. Kentucky
  5. Tennesee
  6. Louisiana
  7. Alabama
  8. South Carolina
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Texas
  11. Inidiana
  12. Ohio
  13. Delware
  14. Georgia
  15. Michigan

Colorado came in at No. 51, since Washington D.C. was included in the list.

Source: WalletHub


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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."


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