CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Just as we are making our plans for Thanksgiving feasts later this month, a new report is calling South Carolina this year's fifth "Fattest State in America."
The designation comes from WalletHub, where analysts rank the Palmetto State as having one of the worst weight problems in the country.
According to the report, South Carolina is second in the country in the percent of children who are obese, and third in the nation in the number of residents with hypertension or high blood pressure. The report ranks South Carolina fourth in the country for the number of people with high cholesterol, and fifth in the nation in percentage of adults eating fewer than one serving of fruits and vegetables per day.
When it comes to diabetes, our state stands at number seven in the percentage of people with the disease, and eighth in the country for the percentage of children who are overweight.
For the percentage of residents who are physically inactive, the report shows a slight improvement, with South Carolina 18th in the nation.
Mississippi came in as number one, Louisiana ranked second, West Virginia came in third, and Tennessee was fourth.
Our neighbors, Georgia and North Carolina were ranked 14th and 15th respectively.
Hawaii scored the best, according to the WalletHub analysis.