See page 2 for obesity rates for all states.
The states with the highest rates of obesity continue to be clustered in the South and the Midwest,asin past years. Western and Northeastern states still boast the lowest levels of obesity.
While obesity in the United States as a whole remains unchanged so far in 2011 compared with last year, many of the country's most obese states continue to see the trend go in the wrong direction. Atthe same time, many states are registering improvements this year. Still, in no state are obesity rateslower than 20%, revealing residents throughout the entire country have much work to do to begin totackle the nation's obesity problem.
This story is part of a series of midyear updates on
Gallup's State of the States
data, released in August on Gallup.com. Gallup.com will report new full-year totals in early 2012 based on all 2011surveys.To view and export trend data and for more information on each of the six Gallup-HealthwaysWell-Being Index sub-indexes, please see the following charts:Well-Being Index , Life Evaluation
Index , Emotional Health Index , Physical Health Index , Healthy Behavior Index ,Work
Environment Index , and Basic Access Index .
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Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Indexsurvey Jan. 2-June 30, 2011, with a random sample of 177,237 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50U.S. states and the District of Columbia, selected using random-digit-dial sampling.For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximummargin of sampling error is ±0.2 percentage points. The margin of sampling error or most states is ±1-2points, but is as high as ±4 points for smaller states such as Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota,Nebraska, and Hawaii.The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index categorizes the District of Columbia as a congressional district.Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviewsconducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample includes aminimum quota of 400 cell phone respondents and 600 landline respondents per 1,000 national adults, withadditional minimum quotas among landline respondents by region. Landline telephone numbers are chosenat random among listed telephone numbers. Cell phone numbers are selected using random-digit-dialmethods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.Samples are weighted by gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, adults in the household,
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