The most obese states in America - West Virginia leads the pack with nearly 40%

When it comes to the US states with the highest levels of obesity and the least amount of time spent exercising, the majority fall in the South.  

In an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Virginia was found to be the most obese state in the nation, with an adult obesity rate of 38 percent.

Experts say it's not surprising considering the Mountain State has among the highest rates of diabetes, hypertension and obesity-related cancers, reported Consumer Protect.

West Virginia was closely followed by Mississippi, Oklahoma, Iowa and Alabama.

Meanwhile Colorado led the pack as the state with the least amount of adult obesity with a rate of nearly 23 percent.

Rounding out the top five were the District of Columbia, and the western states of Hawaii, California and Utah.

The analysis also looked at lack of exercise and found Kentucky to be the state with the most 'couch potatoes'.

Nearly 35 percent of adults reported performing zero exercise - almost double the amount in Washington, the state where adults work out the most.

West Virginia was found to be the most obese state in the US with a 38.1% rate of adult obesity while Colorado was ranked the least obese state with a 22.6% rate

West Virginia was found to be the most obese state in the US with a 38.1% rate of adult obesity while Colorado was ranked the least obese state with a 22.6% rate

TOP 10 MOST OBESE STATES... 

1. West Virginia

2. Mississippi 

3. Oklahoma

4. Iowa 

5. Alabama 

6. Louisiana

7. Arkansas

8. Kentucky

9. Alaska

10. South Carolina 

...AND THE 10 LEAST OBESE STATES 

1. Colorado

2. District of Columbia

3. Hawaii

4. California

5. Utah

6. Montana

7. New York 

8. Massachusetts 

9. Nevada 

10. Connecticut 

Data came from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which is a survey conducted via telephone by the CDC and state health departments.

In addition to having the highest obesity prevalence, West Virginia

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