Interactive map shows obesity, alcohol rates in every county in America

Graph shows alcohol drinking rate among men in every county in America. The red areas are doing the worst, blue the best, the orange hues lean more toward the bad, and yellow ones are in the middle. (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation/University of Washington)

SEATTLE (KOMO) – This interactive map shows the obesity and alcohol drinking rates of every county in America, with men topping both categories in overwhelming amounts.

If you hover over each county, you’ll see the drinking and obesity rate in that specific area and how it compares to that of the rest of the state and country. The red areas are doing the worst, blue the best, the orange hues lean more toward the bad, and yellow ones are in the middle.

You also can see the rate of change over the course of more than 11 years, and compare the life expectancy, risk factors, and morality rates and risks to other counties in America.

Nearly 40 percent of Americans are obese – having gone up almost 6 percent since 2011, the latest figures on the map. And although the obesity rate isn’t entirely surprising, the fact that there are fewer obese women than men is.

San Juan County has the lowest obesity rate in Washington state – 25 percent of obese men and 26 percent of obese woman. King County comes in a close second, with 28 percent of obese men and 29 percent of obese women. Adams County is among the worst in the state, with 45 percent of men who are obese.

Map: Obesity is much higher among men than women in the United States. The red areas are doing the worst, blue the best, the orange hues lean more toward the bad, and yellow ones are in the middle.

Map: Women are considerably less obese than men.

The map also shows that males in the Midwest, frontier, and East and West coasts tend to drink more than women. Men in Falls Church City, Virginia, drink the most – almost 84 percent more compared to America’s average of 63 percent. San Juan County is one of the top areas for both men and women drinkers in Washington state.

Top five counties in Washington with the most male drinkers:

  1. San Juan County – 75.8 percent of men
  2. Jefferson County – 72 percent of men
  3. Island County – 71.6 percent of men
  4. Lincoln County – 70.26 percent of men
  5. Whatcom County – 70.17 percent of men

Top five counties in Washington with the most female drinkers:

  1. San Juan County – 70.44 percent of women
  2. Jefferson County – 64.88 percent of women
  3. King County – 63.03 percent of women
  4. Kittitas County – 62.2 percent of women
  5. Island County – 62.18 percent of women

Map: Men tend to drink more than women in America. The red areas are doing the worst, blue the best, the orange hues lean more toward the bad, and yellow ones are in the middle.

Map: Women drink less than men

Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a Seattle company part of the University of Washington and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, created this interactive map to measure the world’s most prevalent health problems and help policymakers address them.

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