Adult Americans Keep Getting Fatter, Gallup Survey Reveals

Despite government efforts to combat obesity, Americans keep getting fatter, especially those who live in the South and Midwest, according to a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released in March.

“More than two in 10 adults were obese in nearly every state in 2013, with the exception of Montana,” the self-reporting survey states.

“Three in 10 adults were obese in 11 states — Mississippi, West Virginia, Delaware, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Alaska — compared with only five states in 2012.”

The survey was based on telephone interviews between Jan. 2 and Dec. 29, 2013 from a random sample of 178,072 adults aged 18 and older living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It found that the percentage of obese adult Americans increased from 26.2 percent in 2012 to 27.1 percent in 2013.

The number of obese adults is up 1.6 percent since 2008 when Gallup started conducting the survey.

Mississippi weighed-in as the state with the highest obesity rate at 35.4 percent, while Montana’s 19.6 percent was the lowest in the nation.