Gallup recently reported that a majority of grownups in every state in the U.S. are either overweight or obese.
In the five worst-off states — West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Iowa and North Dakota — more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. And even in the best-off states (Colorado and Hawaii) more than 55 percent are in such condition.
The numbers haven’t changed much since last year.
And we all know the side effects of the problem. For individuals, it’s a greater cost in terms of chronic illness, lower quality of life, financial strain and more. For the country? Higher health care costs and lower productivity.
Something obviously needs to change. It seems like it should be simple. People just need to move more and eat better.
But they don’t. And, seemingly, many won’t.
Which makes one wonder what it will take to turn around these numbers.