Jay, I don’t know if the same errors have been made over and over, historically, but things have been fairly steady, with respect to state rankings, for a long time, though of course the nation’s overall obesity rate has increased dramatically and quickly. 20 or 30 years ago, it was the “usual suspects,” i.e. WV, MS, LA, etc., just as some more current analyses have it. The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s results are the big outlier, that I’ve seen. And maybe they are right - it’s just really tough for me to swallow.
Some places just stand out in one’s perception. Yes, definitely - not as many fat people in Colorado, for example. Or walking around in Boston, versus Jackson, Mississippi (or practically any other decently-large town…)