How lazy are Minnesotans? Check out these 'couch potato' rankings


If you're reading this from your La-Z-Boy while watching daytime TV and tucking into some frozen pizza, then you could be one of Minnesota's couch potatoes.

The Washington Post published national rankings Thursday that indicate just how "couch potato-ey" American states are, and Minnesota is ... somewhere in the middle.

The newspaper used this research by the Estately Blog, which ranked each state based on seven different indicators, as its jumping off point.

These indicators included: How long people spend watching TV; how many fast food restaurants there are; Facebook interest in daytime soap operas; exercise frequency; Google searches for frozen pizza; number of La-Z-Boy dealers; and Google searches for watching and renting video games.

In the Estately Blog rankings, Minnesota was actually found to be the fourth-least couch potato-ey (yes, we're making that an adjective) state, behind Hawaii, Colorado and Utah.

Minnesotans love frozen pizza

But the Washington Post went further, "standardizing" the results by giving the highest ranking state in each category a score of 100, the lowest a score of 0, with those in the middle given a score based on where they fit between those two points.

This saw Minnesota place in the middle of the couch potato rankings – partly because of the state's apparent love of frozen pizza.

According to the research, Minnesota had the second-highest number of Google searches for frozen pizza in the country – only behind Wisconsin (which is way, way out front in first place).

On the other side of the coin, Minnesotans are less interested in watching, renting or playing video games (fourth-lowest score), and also are less inclined to recline, with only one La-Z-Boy retailer for every 1.084 million residents in the state (note: other recliner brands are available), compared to one for every 231,437 people Delaware.

Minnesotans also aren't particular fans of daytime soap operas, while the state ranked in the middle for fast food restaurants and the amount of exercise undertaken in the past 30 days.

The exercise findings might be somewhat surprising, given that the Twin Cities was recently ranked the second healthiest metro area in the United States by the American Fitness Index – though it notes the number of people regularly exercising had declined.

In spite of this apparently average level of exercising, a study by JAMA Internal Medicine recently found that Minnesota has fared better than fellow upper Midwestern states in terms of obesity, being the only one to reduce its obesity rate over the past five years, WCCO reports.

The Estately research also recognized Minnesota's relatively low obesity rate.

The Midwest was found to be about in the middle in the Washington Post's rankings, with the biggest couch potatoes tending to be in the eastern, southern, and southeastern United States.

West Virginia was found to have the most couch potatoes, followed by Alabama and Mississippi, with Wyoming having the fewest.

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