America’s Most Obese Counties

Obesity isn’t just an issue that affects individuals and families; it’s a societal problem, costing upwards of $147 billion in U.S. health care costs per year. Compounding the matter is the fact that regions with the lowest income earners also tend to have the highest number of obese people.

That troubling correlation is backed up yet again by a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The researchers mapped out obesity rates in counties across the country and found an inverse relationship between median incomes and the rate of severley overweight persons.

California is a bit of an outlier in that it has always performed better than many other parts of the country when it comes to obesity rates overall. The highest obesity rates in California can be found in Stanislaus County, which has a median income of $49,573. Wealthier regions like San Francisco, however, have historically outperformed on the obesity scale.

For a full list of American counties with the highest obesity rates, click here. Also worth a read: Forbes’ "Seven Misconceptions About The Global Obesity Epidemic".

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