Yesterday, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual report articulating the states with the highest obesity rates in the nation. Winning the dubious distinction of first place: Mississippi.

The analysis used the state obesity rates released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7 percent. Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South.

Grim, to be sure.

Our contribution to this depressing bit of news? This interactive map.



Here’s the full list of obesity rates, in order, should you prefer lists for some reason.

  1. Mississippi, 34.9 percent
  2. Louisiana, 33.4 percent
  3. West Virginia, 32.4 percent
  4. Alabama, 32.0 percent
  5. Michigan, 31.3 percent
  6. Oklahoma, 31.1 percent
  7. Arkansas, 30.9 percent
  8. Indiana, 30.8 percent
  9. South Carolina, 30.8 percent
  10. Kentucky, 30.4 percent
  11. Texas, 30.4 percent
  12. Missouri, 30.3 percent
  13. Kansas, 29.6 percent
  14. Ohio, 29.6 percent
  15. Tennessee, 29.2 percent
  16. Virginia, 29.2 percent
  17. North Carolina, 29.1 percent
  18. Iowa, 29.0 percent
  19. Delaware, 28.8 percent
  20. Pennsylvania, 28.6 percent
  21. Nebraska, 28.4 percent
  22. Maryland, 28.3 percent
  23. South Dakota, 28.1 percent
  24. Georgia, 28.0 percent
  25. Maine, 27.8 percent
  26. North Dakota, 27.8 percent
  27. Wisconsin, 27.7 percent
  28. Alaska, 27.4 percent
  29. Illinois, 27.1 percent
  30. Idaho, 27.0 percent
  31. Oregon, 26.7 percent
  32. Florida, 26.6 percent
  33. Washington, 26.5 percent
  34. New Mexico, 26.3 percent
  35. New Hampshire, 26.2 percent
  36. Minnesota, 25.7 percent
  37. Rhode Island, 25.4 percent
  38. Vermont, 25.4 percent
  39. Wyoming, 25.0 percent
  40. Arizona, 24.7 percent
  41. Montana, 24.6 percent
  42. Connecticut, 24.5 percent
  43. Nevada, 24.5 percent
  44. New York, 24.5 percent
  45. Utah, 24.4 percent
  46. California, 23.8 percent
  47. District of Columbia, 23.7 percent
  48. New Jersey, 23.7 percent
  49. Massachusetts, 22.7 percent
  50. Hawaii, 21.8 percent
  51. Colorado, 20.7 percent