Flu season is here and already raging. Did you get your flu shot yet? If not, you might want to do so immediately. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning of “very high” in seven states and “high” rates of influenza cases in at least 18 more.
The Hill reports that there are seven states the CDC is particularly concerned about: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. That’s because they’re described as having “very high” levels of flu activity.
Health officials estimate there have been between two-point-eight million and six-point-six million flu cases from early October through early November. In that same period, they’ve also estimated between 13-hundred and 36-hundred deaths. According to the CDC, flu activity levels haven’t been this high this early since the 2009 swine flu outbreak.
Bad News, North Carolina Is One Of The Fattest States In The US
Being overweight is becoming the new normal in America. And if you say that it’s quickly referred to as “fat-shaming”. I’m not here to tell you to lose weight. I’m not here to tell you you’re fat or skinny. Those are all conversations to have with your doctor. But I am here to tell you the facts. And, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of U.S. adults (20+) are either classified as overweight or obese. While still lower, rates for children and adolescents are also on the rise. Why should you care? Well, obesity costs our healthcare system $173 billion per year according to the CDC. And a recent study by WalletHub ranked North Carolina as one of the fattest states.
What is causing this? One main issue is a lack of physical activity. Other factors include genetics, emotional instability, and sleeplessness. To determine where obesity and overweight most dangerously persist, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 31 key metrics. This data set ranges from the share of obese and overweight population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents to obesity-related health care costs. And, well it’s bad news for North Carolina as we find ourselves ranking as one of the fattest states, near the top of these rankings.
Keep reading to see the most overweight and obese states followed by the 10 least overweight and obese states. You can view the full WalletHub study here.