Well, this is uplifting: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, America is so fat (How fat is America?) that not a single state has a percentage of obese citizens lower than 20%. And Pennsylvania? We come in at 28.6%, while New Jersey surprisingly has one of the lowest rates in the nation. So we’re either much bigger than them, or we’re just too dumb to lie about our weight in a survey (it’s probably a little bit of both).
According to the CDC, women with college degrees are more likely to be thin than those without them, while “There is no significant relationship between obesity and education among men,” which is along the lines of the international male-motto of “Men: We Just Don’t Give A Shit.” Also, as stated in the report, prevalence of obesity in men and boys increased between 2000 and 2010 but it did not increase for women, which could begin to explain the fat guy/hot wife sitcom scenario. Of course, the numbers were based off the BMI scale, which counts only for height and weight (so muscle-bound peeps likely count as overweight) and the numbers were self-reported which likely led to understating actual weights and overstating actual heights. So, we’re probably all fatter and shorter than this.