CDC: Asian-Americans are least fat; Blacks are fattest

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports the number of states with lots of fat people has nearly doubled since 2018.

Four more states have been added to CDC’s obesity list since the Covid shutdowns.

Scientists say extreme obesity is a major risk factor for Covid-19.

According to CDC’s stats, Asian-Americans are generally not fat. No state had an obesity prevalence at or above 25% among Asians.

The fattest, measured by race, which is how CDC categorizes the statistics, are Blacks. CDC says that 35 states and the District of Columbia have an obesity prevalence at or above 35% among Blacks.

CDC’s fat map. Dark red from Texas thru Michigan is most obese.

Next in line on the fat train are Hispanic residents. CDC says 22 states have an obesity prevalence at or above 35% among Hispanics.

And 7 states had an obesity prevalence at or above 35% among White residents. 

The sixteen states that have the highest adult obesity prevalence are:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware (new this year)
  • Indiana
  • Iowa (new this year)
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio (new this year)
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas (new this year)
  • West Virginia

Not that it matters, but all of the states on the list except Delaware and Michigan went in the Trump column in the 2020 presidential election.

Read more from CDC below.

Number of States with High Obesity Prevalence Rises to Sixteen

The number of states in which at least 35% of residents are obese has nearly doubled since 2018 – and disparities persist – according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Up from nine states in 2018 and 12 in 2019, the 2020 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show that 16 states now have an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35%: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware (new this year), Indiana, Iowa (new this year), Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio (new this year), Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (new this year), and West Virginia.

Disparities in obesity persist

Adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location is based on self-reported height and weight data from theBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Combined data from 2018-2020 show notable racial and ethnic disparities. Among states and territories with sufficient data*:

  • 0 states had an obesity prevalence at or above 35% among non-Hispanic Asian residents. However, some studies have indicated that the health risks associated with obesity may occur at a lower body mass index (BMI) for some people of Asian descent.
  • 7 states had an obesity prevalence at or above 35% among non-Hispanic White residents. 
  • 22 states had an obesity prevalence at or above 35% among Hispanic residents.
  • 35 states and the District of Columbia had an obesity prevalence at or above 35% among non-Hispanic Black residents. 

Adults with obesity are at increased risk for many other serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and poorer mental health. Individuals should talk regularly with their healthcare provider about their body mass index, family history of chronic disease, current lifestyle, and health risks.

What it will take

To change the current course of obesity will take a sustained, comprehensive effort from all parts of society. We will need to acknowledge existing health disparities and health inequities and address the social determinants of health such as poverty and lack of health care access if we are to ensure health equity. These maps help by showing where we need to focus efforts to prevent obesity and to support individuals with this disease.

Community-level data on adult obesity prevalence is available at the CDC’s PLACES website.

*The number of states and territories with sufficient data varies based on the map. 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam had sufficient data among non-Hispanic Asian adult. 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico had sufficient data among non-Hispanic White adults. 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico had sufficient data among Hispanic adults. 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam had sufficient data among non-Hispanic Black adults 

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    1. Stephen Triech,

      FYI :

      MSG – put in all of our various foods! – is
      used in diabetes research labs—to fatten
      mice/rats/dogs, to test newly developed
      anti-diabetes drugs (( it shuts down the
      body’s appestat/hunger system, making
      you to feel always hungry ! )).

      The agriculture/grocery/restaurant in-
      dustries sold its use to the public as a
      “taste/flavor enhancement” additive
      —after label-reading, safety-minded
      mothers asked questions about it.

      This scribbler knows that from study-
      ing Nutrition Science—from 1971


  1. Yet we hear all the time from the democrats how many people are going hungry everyday.
    Not from what I observe. Always great when you see the person in line at the store with sodas, cookies, potato chips, Mac and cheese , white bread, hot dogs etc pay for all this healthy food with their Independence Card (food stamps). If the government really cared about their health they would restrict the amount of garbage they can buy. It might seem mean but it’s for their health.After all we are most likely paying for their healthcare too.

      1. Nope. More whites are on food stamps. However, when you look at the percentage of said race on food stamps there is a huge upswing in blacks compared to whites. The same thing goes for violent crime too!

      2. Did I say that ? I am saying Americans in general are overweight and make poor food choices. This story doesn’t paint a pleasant picture. Based on the map it appears to be all over the country.

        1. MachEng and Ben,

          It is a subconscious drive, to find one
          or more nutrients the body is starved
          to ingest—for its good health.

          Americans suffer malnutrition, which
          is driving them (( obese people are inno-
          cent, re food choices )), as they suffer
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    1. What fat people choose to eat is mystifying….you have to know if you are a porker so why eat the nasty foods? The government should not step in….when has the government ever succeeded at anything other than spending our tax dollars on programs that do not succeed? ……l.l

    2. ” It might seem mean but it’s for their health.After all we are most likely paying for their healthcare too”.
      This is the kind of thinking that make the govt tell us plebs we must take a shot for the communal good. WE DO NOT NEED THE GOVERNMENT TELLING US ANYTHING! You have forgotten we are the sovereign and the government exists to protect our freedoms. Rid yourself of your slave mentality and reclaim your master over the government mindset before it’s too late.

    1. Tried it. But found out that being a low life spammer fraud caused more mental and physical illness than it was worth. The ‘troll’ life has it’s dark side. Get out while you can, loser.

  2. This can’t be accurate. I’ve been to Hawaii multiple times and 40-50% of the residents are huge. Morbidly obese. Absolutely no way it’s in the green zone for obesity.

  3. Good luck finding a healthcare worker to address weight issues and proper action to take to correct them. My guess is that what will happen will be prescriptions which will ultimately make things worse.
    Healthy food is getting more and more difficult to access, and exercise seems to be very unpopular these days.

  4. The problem is multifaceted. Don’t discount the weight gain side effect of many pharmaceutical drugs. We are a heavily medicated country & the pharma/medical industry likes sick people. They don’t make much money from (or wield control over) a healthy, thinking society. The chemical/industrialized agriculture/processed food industries contribute as well. It’s expensive to eat all organic so most can’t. It is my understanding from relatives who are retired home economics teachers that the old school cooking from scratch that we all used to learn at school, as well as from our moms & grandmas, stopped being taught decades ago. Just a few thoughts.

  5. Overweight (not fat) people are more prone to sickness, disease, weak immunity, and early death. And ultimately cost the medical establishment billions of dollars each year as a result. Sadly, the highest percentage of people being overweight is the result of lifestyle choices. The risks they put on themselves is much higher than contracting any virus.

  6. We need to go back and eat the way we used to in the 40’s and 50’s: include more meats and fish(grass fed beef, wild caught salmon). Stop using the omega-6 oils and products pushed on Americans over the past several decades. Also, look at soy that is added to almost all products. Soy changes hormones and affects thyroid. See articles by Drs. Zach Bush and Mercola. Keep Moving…go outside and play kids.

  7. There might be a correlation between food stamps and obesity. This should be studied. Why not offer nutrition and health courses beginning in kindergarten instead of Critical Race Theory? Think of the benefits by having a healthy society – reducing early death from diabetes, heart problems and other diseases and learning about science at the same time.

  8. We have been brain washed for decades on the absolute crap science of the food pyramid. If you are struggling with your weight, invert the food chart. No more then 10% of your caloric intake should be from carbs, think 40 a day to start and reduce from there. Stop eating low-fat, these foods have enormous amounts of sugar. Try to eliminate all sugar from your diet. In a couple of words, think Healthy Keto and Intermittent Fasting. Do a search there is plenty of data and it works.

  9. Many overweight people no longer “see” themselves as overweight. Fat shaming is a no no and girls are raised to be proud of their bodies. I laugh when I read a review for a shirt that says “5’3″ 185 lbs, usually wear a medium but I went with a large. It fits great”, as I look at a picture of a chubby woman with a shirt painted on her body. Clothes manufacturers are also at fault…..I wear a 4 at 135 lbs…..ridulous! 20 years ago I wore a 10 at 138. In 20 years women’s sizing has changed 150%! It’s hard to maintain a healthy body weight with the food choices available but learning how to “look at oneself in the mirror” is a lost art. I feel better, look better and enjoy life more at a healthy weight….nothing tastes that good! Willpower is a necessary skill!

  10. People became fatter during the lock-downs! Gyms were closed, people were told not to dine out, etc. What did they expect would happen?

  11. Atlanta in Georgia where I lived 2 years had so many folks the size of houses!
    I used to take my own fat poll around town waiting for the Marta bus would come around to 7-8/10 females of humongous size.
    Fried chicken/ chicken fingers with; (mac n’ cheese, Spicy French fries are considered vegetables!) , pasta salad, biscuits and gravy,
    Then there’s desert; ice crème, and purple velvet cake.
    Top off the meal with orange or grape soda.
    At Grady Hospital….stroke – diabetes patients were off the charts. Sad we have to begin a nutritive home cooking program to help people enjoy an alternative to batter dipped fried chicken.

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