While there’s no denying we’re living in a “fast food nation,” according to recent research from data technology company FindTheBest.com, some states are home to more of these eateries than others. Why should you care if your home state is filled with drive thrus and dollar menus? According to an American Journal of Public Health study, there's a strong correlation between BMI and how close these restaurants are to our homes—and the more fast food eateries there are in your state, the more apt you are to live close to one.
So which states have the most fast food joints per capita? Kentucky comes in first place with 1,800 fast food joints—that’s more than four establishments per 10,000 residents. Considering they are home to Papa John's International Inc. and Yum! Brands Incorporated (the company that owns fast food giants Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC), we can’t say we’re totally shocked. Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Wyoming round out the list of the top five worst offenders, while Northeastern states Vermont, Maine, New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts clock in at or below the relatively healthy ratio of 1.95 fast food eateries per 10,000 residents.