take part/America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common

By Liz Dwyer/ Culture and Education Editor/take part

People living in high-poverty areas have limited access to healthy food and lack the funds to buy it.

Restaurant chains such as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut made headlines this week with the news that they’re axing artificial ingredients from their recipes. But given our expanding waistlines, it seems like Americans don’t need a healthier (but still packed with calories) Gordita Supreme or Three Cheese Stuffed Crust pizza—we need more fruits and vegetables.

Indeed, the results of the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll reveal that in 2014 the nation’s obesity rate was nearly 28 percent, up from 27 percent in 2013.

A full 18.5 percent of West Virginians and 19.8 percent of Louisiana residents live in poverty.

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