Stats Show North Carolina Out Of Shape

North Carolinians are in shape -- a little too round.

And, compared with the rest of the country, we're eating too much sugar, have some trouble breathing and can't keep our blood pressure down.

Numbers released by the Trust for America's Health shows 24.2 percent of the state's population can be considered obese. That's
above the national average of 23.2 percent.

The organization also reports that 8.4 percent of North Carolinians are diabetic and 28.6 percent have hypertension. Both of those numbers are also above the national average. As for asthma, 13.1 percent of the population suffers with it, compared with 13.2 percent of the nation.

The good news for the state: it's not as fat as Mississippi. That state became the first to crack the 30 percent barrier for adult residents considered to be obese. West Virginia and Alabama are just slightly behind.

Colorado is the nation's leanest state with an obesity rate projected at 17.6 percent.


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