Good news: Minnesota is the ninth-leanest state in the United States.
Bad news: We're still pretty fat.
The good and the bad both come from a study released by those nosy folks at Gallup, who surveyed 177,237 Americans this year, many of whom were so out of shape they probably struggled through the interview. Gallup's got a list of the ten states with the highest obesity rates, and the ten with the lowest.
Minnesota comes in at No. 9 on the "least obese" rankings, with a very, very low number of 23.8 percent obesity.
Just to give an idea of what that means, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 5-foot-9 person has to weigh 203 pounds to be labeled "obese."
The CDC makes clear that some people, like highly-trained, muscular athletes can have a Body Mass Index (BMI) that throws the scale, and places them in the obese category when in fact they're just packed with muscle weight.
So, that's it. Minnesota, and America in general, isn't obese: We're jacked, man! Check out America's pecs!
Colorado was the least overweight state in Gallup's survey, coasting it at 20 percent obesity. Yes, that's what makes you No. 1 in this survey. Apparently, it's best to be way out west or way out east to stay trim: Utah's No. 2 least obese, followed by Connecticut, California, and Rhode Island. Though it barely made the top 10, Minnesota's the only Midwestern state on the list.
As for the most obese, no surprise: Beware the Mason-Dixon Line, where the kind of things we deep-fry but once a year for the State Fair are what's referred to as "a snack." At 34.3 percent, West Virginia's the most obese state in America, followed by Delaware (33.6), Mississippi (32.1), Louisiana (31.2) and South Carolina (30.6).
Nationally, America's at 26.3 percent obesity, a slight decrease from last year's 26.6, but still up from the 2008 number of 25.5 percent.
Man, looking at a map of America from 2008, we looked so good. Young, and healthy, ready to take on the world. Man, what happened to us? We'll never fit back into that map. Hey, are you going to finish those six dozen donuts, or can I have them?