Do You Live in a Fat or Fit State?

If you reside in Colorado, Hawaii or Massachusetts, chances are good you're seeing many morefitter folks than fatter ones. Unfortunately, quite the opposite can besaid for people who primarily live in the South, according to thelatest report from the Trust for America's Health.

Nine of the 10 states with the highest levels of obesity are locatedin the South, led by Mississippi with an adult obesity rate of 29.5 percent (a 1 percent increase from 2005 numbers), as well as the highest rate of hypertension at 23.7 percent. What's more, the third heaviest state, West Virginia, also recorded the highest rate of type 2 diabetes, an astonishing 10.4 percent.

That said, even the "fittest" state in America -- Colorado at 16.9 percent -- failed to meet a national goal of reducing the plague of adult obesity to no more than 15 percent by 2010.

As I've said about other annual studies, including those from Men's Health,you may have no control over where you live, but being healthy andhappy has far less to do with geography and more to do with making theright lifestyle choices. A few easy steps to set you on a course towardoptimal health:

MSNBC August 29, 2006

Trust For America's Health August 29, 2006 Free Full PDF Report