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How unhealthy is YOUR condition? Map shows the worst and best in America

Now look away if you live in West Virginia – your state has just been crowned the unhealthiest in America.

Fitness experts created a health index to compare six key health indicators across the country, including smoking and obesity, and the number of gym memberships and fast food restaurants.

The results are bad if you live in many Southern and Midwestern states, which make up eight of the 10 least healthy states.

Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama and Ohio round out the five worst in the country, while fitness California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas were the healthiest overall.

The scale, created by Indiana-based online fitness company Total Shape, gathered data from public sources to give all 50 states a score of one to 60. A higher score indicated a healthier state.

It comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that post-pandemic Americans are the fattest they’ve ever been.

Nineteen states now have obesity rates above 35 percent — considered an alarming threshold by officials — which is double what it was just three years earlier.

A report by Total Shape found that Southern and Midwestern states are among the states with the least healthy populations in America. West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama have the worst health. The healthiest states are California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas

America’s Healthiest States

1. California (Health Index: 50)

2. Connecticut (Health Index: 40.7)

3. Massachusetts (Health Index: 40.5)

4. Florida (Health Index: 39.7)

5. Texas (Health Index: 39.5)

6. New Jersey (Health Index: 39.5)

7. New York (health index: 38.7)

8. Colorado (Health Index: 38.4)

9. Vermont (Health Index: 37.8)

10. Illinois (Health Index: 37.2)

Source: Data from a survey compiled by fitness website Total Shape.

America’s Unhealthiest States

1. West Virginia (Health Index: 25.5)

2. Arkansas (Health Index: 27.1)

3. Kentucky (Health Index: 27.2)

4. Mississippi (Health Index: 27.5)

5. Alabama (Health Index: 28.8)

6. Ohio (Health Index: 30)

7. Tennessee (Health Index: 30.5)

8. Indiana (Health Index: 30.5)

9. Maine (Health Index: 30.7)

10. New Hampshire (Health Index: 31)

Source: Data from a survey compiled by fitness website Total Shape.

The survey – published online Tuesday – used data from official sources compiled by independent websites like World Population Review and Statista, as well as search data from Google Trends.

It examined six health measures: searches for gyms per 100,000 people, number of gyms, number of gyms per 100,000 people, fast food restaurants per 100,000 people, and the percentage of adults classified as smokers or obese.

Each measure was scored from one to ten and combined to create the ‘health index’.

The scale tended to be in line with how wealthy each state was, with more wealthy countries having better access to gyms and lower obesity rates – thanks to healthier diets.

President Joe Biden declares war on obesity

The Biden administration wants to mandate stoplight nutrition labels on the front of food packages and provide advice to overweight people as part of a massive crackdown on the country’s bulging waistline.

Unveiled at the end of September, the proposals would see all food and drinks sold in shops or supermarkets carry a warning about their salt, fat and sugar content on the front of the product – in a colour-coded or star rating system.

If given the green light, it would be a step up from the existing set-up, which only requires processed food companies to put nutritional information on the back of the package.

The White House said the plan is designed to “help consumers, particularly those with lower nutritional knowledge, quickly and easily identify foods that are part of a healthy diet.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now examine and propose a standardized front-of-pack labeling system that is likely to be released for consultation.

A senior government official told reporters over the phone that the plans were designed to “shift our healthcare system from just treating disease to preventing it.”

Biden has pledged to reduce the number of Americans suffering from diet-related diseases, such as heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, by 2030, although no concrete targets have been set.

It is estimated that more than 300,000 Americans die each year from weight problems. As many as 40 percent of adults — or 105 million people — are classified as obese, while up to 35 million have type 2 diabetes.

There was also a link to smoking, with healthier states investing much more in anti-smoking campaigns than lower countries.

U.S. 2020 census data also shows that West Virginia has the third-lowest income of all 50 states — with residents earning about $44,000 a year.

At the other end of the scale, Massachusetts — with the highest incomes — saw residents earn $78,000 a year, while Connecticut made $78,000 and New Jersey made $73,000.

The median salary in the United States is $35,000 per year.

On smoking, California spends about $20 million annually on campaigns to warn residents of the health risks, while other states, such as New York, spend $10 million. West Virginia — which had the highest smoking rate nationally — spends an average of just $3 million a year on anti-smoking campaigns.

Scientists have found that smoking increases the risk of a whole range of health problems, including cancer, heart disease and stroke.

In the survey, breaking down gym access showed that Montana had the most per capita with nearly 19 gyms per 100,000, followed by Connecticut (18.8 per 100,000) and Massachusetts (16.1 per 100,000).

California – despite being named the healthiest state – ranked 19th overall with a rate of 13 gyms per 100,000 people.

The lower end of the scale was West Virginia with only eight gyms per 100,000 people – less than half of those in the top states.

The state was followed by Utah and Kentucky – both with nine gyms per 100,000 people.

Among fast food restaurants, Hawaii had the most per capita, with 102 per 100,000 people – equivalent to one outlet for every 1,000 residents. It was followed by Alabama – 88 per 100,000 – and Georgia – 87 per 100,000.

At the other end of the scale was Alaska – 58.4 per 100,000 – next to Vermont – 58.4 per 100,000 – and Arizona – 59.5 per 100,000.

A spokesperson for Total Shape said: “The fast food industry in America is worth more than $250 billion and one in four Americans visits a fast food restaurant every day.

“Even in the healthiest states like Massachusetts and Connecticut, there are just over three times as many fast food restaurants as gyms. In states like Kentucky and West Virginia, this figure rises to seven times the number of fast food restaurants to gyms.

“America has the most fitness and health facilities in the world and the highest annual revenue of this industry worldwide.

“However, the average gym member must travel between four and six miles to their local gym — while the average distance to the nearest eatery is between 2.6 and 6.7 miles.”

It comes after President Joe Biden declared war on obesity in September, revealing plans to tackle the country’s growing waistline.

The White House plans to mandate traffic light nutrition labels on food packaging to help customers make healthier choices and provide advice to overweight people.

Under the proposal, all food and drinks sold in shops or supermarkets would carry a warning about their sugar, salt and fat content on the front of the product – either in a color code or star rating system.

If given the green light, the plan would mark a step up from the existing setup, which would require processed food companies to only put nutritional information on the back of the package.

The White House said the plan is designed to “help consumers, particularly those with lower nutritional knowledge, quickly and easily identify foods that are part of a healthy diet.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now examine and propose a standardized front-of-pack labeling system that is likely to be released for consultation.

Biden has pledged to reduce the number of Americans suffering from diet-related diseases, such as heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, by 2030, although no concrete targets have been set.

It is estimated that more than 300,000 Americans die each year from weight problems. As many as 40 percent of adults — or 105 million people — are classified as obese, while up to 35 million have type 2 diabetes.

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