I can certainly say that I have gained a solid 15, ok more like 20 pounds this year. I am doing my best not to feel bad about it, because after all, if there is a year that deserves some extra comfort eating, sugar snacks, sleepy mornings and slacking on workouts, its this year. I am not alone, many have gained a few extra bulges here and there from 2020. The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that more than seven in 10 U.S. adults aged 20 and older are either overweight or obese. In some states the numbers are much worse than in other states.

A company named WalletHub recently compared all 50 states with the most recent metrics to rank the least and most overweight states in the country. I am proud to say Idaho did pretty darn well making it in the top 10 at number 8. Here is the top 10 breakdown.

Least Overweight and Obese:

1. Colorado
Colorado kicks health butt in a few ways. They also top the nation in the lowest percentage of physically inactive adults. They make minimizing childhood obesity a states top priority and it shows.

2. Utah
Utah our nearby southern pals are fit as a fiddle and are among the leaders in the struggle against childhood obesity.  Utah is also in the top five states with the lowest percentage of adults who have Type 2 diabetes.

3. Hawaii
I have never been to Hawaii but it seems like it would be a hard place to be huge in, If I was wearing swimsuits almost every day I would probably be persuaded to work out a little more often. They also are high up in rankings for keeping childhood obesity in check.

4. Montana
Yellowstone anyone??? Such a good show. Anyway, Montana's in the top 10 for states with the lowest percentage of obese children and among the five best with adults with low cholesterol. Keep it up cowboys.

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5. Massachusetts
This state seems to have the superfoods down to a science. Adults have no problems forking over the greens and that is keeping their weight and overall health in check. According to WalletHub, the Bay State have no trouble consuming more than one serving daily of fruits and vegetables.

6. Oregon
I lived in Oregon for almost a decade and did all of the 'Oregony" things, biked to work, hiked, paddle boarded, kayaked, running, and all around staying super physically active outside. That is pretty much what every other Oregonian does and that is what gets Oregon the fifth ranked in the nation for lowest percentage of physically inactive adults.

7. Minnesota
Minnesota is among the top five states for lowest percentage of adults suffering from high blood pressure. Hey, hey, take that win Minnesota and keep it up.

8. Idaho
Here we go Idaho! We did pretty darn good making 8th on the list. Although we didn't get any specific shutouts from the WalletHub study as to why but we know its because we love the outdoors, ourselves and our state. Rock on Idaho :)



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