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These States Have the Greatest Weight Loss Success – Is Yours One of Them?

Is your state moving enough? (Photo by Jeff Olson)

Written by Kristen Haney, editorial intern

Pat yourselves on the back, people of Boulder, CO, and get to stepping, residents of McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX. A recent study by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index, found that the Texan region was the most obese metro area in America and Boulder was the least. That’s all there is to it, right?

No so fast (or slow). The experts over at Jawbone knew that couldn’t be whole story, so they compiled data collected by Jawbone’s BodyMedia monitors, pulling actual stats from the thousands of users who track their weight-loss efforts with the popular armbands. This revealed a deeper insight into the nitty gritty details of dropping pounds, from each state’s activity level to its successful weight loss percentages, and the results were surprisingly different. So if you’re not living in either of the areas mentioned above, don’t sweat (or maybe do). Check out the states they see rockin’ it out:

Highest percentage of weight loss:

  1. Maine (11.2%)
  2. Nebraska (11%)
  3. Arkansas (10.8%)

Median calories burned by physical activity:

  1. Utah (659.9)
  2. Montana (644.3)
  3. Oregon (635.8)

Highest percentage of obesity:

  1. Indiana (59%)
  2. West Virginia (58.7%)
  3. Arkansas (58.6%)

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