The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently reported that not even one in four Americans currently meets national exercise standards. Lack of adequate exercise leads to 10 percent of all premature deaths among Americans, in addition to burdensome national healthcare costs ($117 billion annually).
However, some states are further behind than others in terms of overall health and fitness, according to WalletHub's latest "Fattest States" report.
WalletHub assessed all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key metrics, including obesity rates, soda consumption and specific healthcare costs. Each state received an aggregate negative score.
Mississippi ranked No. 1 on this year's list. Its capital, Jackson, also ranked No. 1 on WalletHub's "Fattest Cities" report, released in March 2018.
View this gallery to see which states ranked in the top 10.
For the complete WalletHub survey, click here.