The U.S. spends nearly $200 billion in annual health care costs related to obesity, according to the Campaign to End Obesity website. In some states however, the costs are becoming lower than others.
A study published Tuesday by Wallethub, a personal finance website, names the “Fattest States of America." Georgia placed No. 19 on the study, which is a slight improvement over last year's ranking.
The list ranks the obesity of the 50 states and Washington D.C. based on factors such as how many adults and chidren are overweight.
The results of the study are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Census Bureau and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Georgia has an obesity rate of 31.8% among adults, according to a 2018 report from American Health Rankings, which is a national health assessment website.
Georgia residents between the ages of 45 and 64 are most likely to be obese at 37%, and residents with higher income and more education are not as likely to be obese.
While listed in the top 20, Georgia ranked higher than most Southern states.
Mississippi and West Virginia placed No. 1 and 2 on the list, respectively. In addition, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas rounded out the group of top 10 most obese states.