Obesity weighs heavily on small businesses

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Nov. 17.  With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and obesity costing $173 billion each year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Most Overweight & Obese States in America.

North Carolina came in 15th in the Most Overweight & Obese States list. West Virginia was first; Colorado, last.

Obesity & Overweight Problem in North Carolina (1=Fattest; 25=Avg.):

  • 15th – % of Obese Adults
  • 10th – % of Obese Children
  • 20th – % of Adults with High Cholesterol
  • 11th – % of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
  • 20th – % of Adults with Hypertension
  • 20th – Obesity-Related Death Rate


Fatma Huffman

“Clearly an overweight or obese individual cannot perform certain tasks that involve running, or saving people from fires or car accidents due to physical limitations. Sedentary jobs are chosen that can further increase weight.”

Fatma G. Huffman, Ph.D.,


Department of Dietetics & Nutrition

Florida International University



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