New Report Finds Texans Put on the Most Pounds Over the Holidays
A new research report by WeightTraining.com has ranked all fifty states
on which U.S. citizens gain the most weight over the holidays, combining
public health research and medical surveys.
Seattle, WA, December 15, 2011 -- A new research report by
WeightTraining.com has ranked all fifty states on which U.S. citizens
gain the most weight over the holidays, combining public health research
and medical surveys. The health study found that residents of Texas, New
Jersey, and Arizona put on the most weight over the holidays, with
Oklahoma and Kansas following closely behind. All five states have an
average weight gain of over one pound per person, each holiday season.
Collecting information from the New England Journal of Medicine and
America's Health Ranking, researchers at WeightTraining.com analyzed
weight gain over the past twenty years, breaking out holiday weight gain
in person. Regression analysis was used to factor out weight gain over
the rest of the year, to find which states gained the most, on average,
The rankings speak for themselves: Texans gain the most weight in the
United States (at 1.17 pounds per person), despite not even being in the
Top Ten for the most overweight citizens. Residents of New Jersey (1.11
pounds), Arizona (1.06 pounds), Oklahoma (1.04 pounds), and Kansas (1.03
pounds) round out the top five, each adding over one pound of holiday
weight per person.
Among the surprising findings:
- The colder the climate, the less weight you'll put on: Massachusetts
residents only gained an average of half a pound, followed closely by
Indiana (.51 pounds), Wisconsin (.56 pounds), Pennsylvania (.57 pounds),
and North Dakota (.60 pounds).
- Being the fattest state didn't necessary mean you gained the most
weight: Mississippi residents, historically the most overweight state in
the Union, put on less than a pound on average during their holiday
celebrations. In fact, only one of the Top Ten heaviest states, Oklahoma,
even made the top five in terms of holiday weight gain.
The survey draws one definitive conclusion: no matter where a given state
falls on the list, there’s still room for improvement. There isn't a
single state in America that doesn't gain weight over the holidays, so we
could all stand to lay off the eggnog a little bit.
The full report, including the ranking for all 50 states, can be found
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