NEW YORK (MainStreet) Income inequality apparently breeds health disparity: in the U.S., you're either broke and fat or rich and fit. Well more than one quarter or Americans (27.7%) are obese, the most ever since Gallup and Healthways began tracking obesity in 2008. And severe weight problems are divided along economic lines, according to the research.
Nearly one-third of adults (31.9%) with incomes less than $36,000 are obese, compared to only 23.1% of high-income Americans (those earning $90,000 or more annually). Black Americans are the most likely (35.5%) to be severely overweight among all demographic groups, as has historically been the case. Meanwhile, young adults aged 18 to 29 years (17.0%) are least likely to be obese.
Senior citizens are still struggling to remain fit and notched the highest increase in obesity among all subgroups considered in the research, with 27.9% of adults 65 and older considered severely overweight a gain of 1.6 points from one year ago.
A previous Gallup study identified Mississippi and West Virginia as the states with the most obese citizens while Montana and Colorado had the least. Three communities in Colorado -- Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland, and Denver-Aurora -- were among the ten communities in the nation with the lowest obesity rates.