Alabama has the most fast food restaurants per capita, research finds
The fitness website Total Shape has published its research on the unhealthiest states in the U.S., ranking Alabama sixth unhealthiest and number one for the highest number of fast food restaurants per capita.
The data looked at several measures, including the number of fast food restaurants, percentage of smokers, obesity rate, gyms and searches for fitness information, according to a press release. They ranked West Virginia as the last health state due to the low number of gyms, high number of smokers and high obesity rate. Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi and Ohio rounded out the top five with Alabama in sixth.
Total Shape ranked California as the healthiest state due in large part to its low number of adult smokers. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Jersey also ranked high.
Alabama has fewer than 12 gyms per 100,000 people, lower than the national average of 13. The obesity rate is 36 percent and more than 20 percent of adults smoke, according to the data.
Alabama led all states in the number of fast food restaurants per 100,000 people at almost 88. That means that the state has more than seven times as many fast food restaurants as gyms. The average number of fast food restaurants is 74 per 100,000 people.
Total Shape is a fitness-focused website with offices in Indianapolis, Ind. It includes product reviews and information about workouts and nutrition.