It’s no secret that the US has a weight problem, but do you know how fast the country got fat? I’ll be honest, when I first saw this map animated by The Atlantic, my jaw literally dropped when it reached the 2000s… many states explode from around 20% obesity to over 30%. In just my lifetime (I was born in 1980) the whole US has gone from a relatively thin country to a place where the norm in many areas is to be overweight to obese.[see_also]
While this map from the CDC covers the years between 1985 and 2010, Gallop recently released their Well-Being Index of 189 metro areas in 2012, revealing that obesity rates in all but 2 areas were above 15%. If you live in Charlottesville VA or Boulder CO, you’re looking good (In the animated map, Colorado remains the only state in blue with less than 20% obesity). Below are the Gallop numbers for the least and most overweight areas. If you compare the lifestyles in these areas, it’s not hard to draw some very revealing conclusions.