WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly seven in 10 adults in West Virginia, Mississippi, and Kentucky are either overweight or obese – more than in any other state in the first half of 2012. At the other end of the scale is Colorado, the least overweight state in the union, but even there, 55.1% of residents are overweight or obese.
These findings are from surveys conducted with 177,663 U.S. adults from January through June 2012 for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, marking a halftime report ahead of full-year 2012 data to be reported early next year. Gallup calculates respondents’ Body Mass Index using the standard formula based on their self-reported height and weight.
Do you think obesity will be a major health concern for the future of the country? Do you think it needs to be solved through government intervention, or through education, or should the problem just be allowed to continue and people should learn their own lessons about health? If a pill or treatment for obesity were to be developed, would it be beneficial to the population or detrimental?