More and more Americans are gaining weight by the year. According to 24/7 Wall St. 50% of Americans are likely to be obese by the time 2030 hits. The site put out a list that ranked all 50 states from least to most obese. While North Dakota is not the "most obese state," it came close to cracking the "Top 10."

North Dakota came in at number 11 on the list. While the national adult obesity rate is reported to be at 29.7%, the rate in North Dakota is 33.9%, and 23.1% of our residents do not even exercise. Is it surprising that North Dakota ranks so high on a list that ranks obesity?

It is not all that easy to be a healthy person in North Dakota. It is dark and brutally cold most of the year. Things like fresh produce are are never really all that fresh, it is expensive, and it get rotten within days of purchase. Also, there is almost no access to healthy fast food or sitdown restaurants.

When I lived in Colorado, it was easy to be healthy. I am both a person who loves to eat and does not love to workout. But I lost a bunch of weight, while living in Colorado, with almost no effort because of the access and weather, honestly. There were all kinds of restaurants that offered healthy options. Fresh produce was easy to find and less expensive. And the weather was almost alway beautiful enough to get out and get a bit of fresh air.

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