Many of us watched the presentation by Joel Spoonheim at TEDxManhattanBeach in February 2011 that touched on obesity. If you missed his talk here is the video.

The data has now been updated to include 2010 and the results are sad.

Colorado, Hawaii, Utah, Massachusetts and California had the lowest obesity levels in the United States in 2010, although at least 2 in 10 adults were obese in each of these states. West Virginia, Mississippi, and Kentucky had the highest obesity rates, with more than 3 in 10 obese residents living in these states. The prevalence of obesity is nearly eight percentage points higher, on average, in the 11 states with the highest obesity levels compared with the 10 states with the lowest obesity levels — 30.5% vs. 22.6%, respectively.

The full text of the press release and links to more data can be found here.

A great visual representation of the data can be found here – click on the well-being tab.

In addition detailed data has been collected about the Beach Cities.

The results of an intensive survey of beach cities residents about their emotional and physical health will be released today and reportedly includes a few surprises: local residents are angrier than Detroit and more stressed out than New Orleans. The Gallup/Healthways Well Being Index, a measurement tool that will be used as the Vitality City public health initiative gets underway locally next month, shows that that while local residents are on average slightly more physically healthy than the rest of the nation, they are enduring more emotional duress than the national average. Dr. Lisa Santora, the Beach Cities Health District chief medical officer, said that beach cities residents would receive an overall “C” grade if the results were graded on a one to 100 scale like a school test.

“As you can imagine, a lot of people assume the beach cities would be uniquely healthy and have better well-being than the rest of the country,” Santora said. “The final scores do show us better in some areas….but the levels of stress, worry, and anger are higher than Detroit and New Orleans.”

For more information click here.


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