Ohio – you can stand to lose a few pounds

That's the message WalletHub relayed as it ranked the state as the 12th highest in obesity and overweight problems in the U.S.

And the findings from WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez are grim.

"18.6 percent of the state's children are obese, and this is the ninth highest percentage in the country," she said. "Sadly, this has health consequences for Ohio's residents. By 2030, it is projected that there will be 13,851 diabetes cases for every 100,000 people in the state.

"This is the seventh largest number in the country. Obesity related healthcare costs are very high, as well, reaching almost $50 million per 100,000 adults. One of the causes that may have lead to this problem could be the large number of fast food restaurants per capita, where the state ranks sixth. Fortunately, there is a silver lining, in the fact that Ohioans are able to benefit from nutritional counseling, which is covered by their health insurance."

Other findings from WalletHub about Ohio include:

  • 22nd – in percentage of obese adults
  • 29th – in percentage of overweight children
  • 9th – in percentage of obese children
  • 17th – in percentage of physically inactive adults
  • 14th – in percentage of adults eating less than one serving of fruits/vegetables per day
  • 14th – in percentage of adults with Type 2 Diabetes
  • 14th – in percentage of adults with hypertension

You can read the report here.