Tennessee ranks 5th among ”fattest states” in the country

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – A new report released from WalletHub claims Tennessee is among the fattest state in the nation.

The report, which used data from the CDC, said Tennessee was fifth in the nation for percent of obese adults.

West Virginia takes the top spot in the report, with Utah at the bottom.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Obesity & Overweight Prevalence, 2) Health Consequences and 3) Food & Fitness,” the report said.

To determine where obesity and overweight most dangerously persist, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 31 key metrics. Our data set ranges from share of obese and overweight population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs. Read on for our findings, expert commentary from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

For a more local perspective on the obesity and overweight problem in the U.S., check out WalletHub’s Most Overweight and Obese Cities report.