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We have some great comfort food in Pennsylvania. Now, we officially have a No. 1 comfort food item, thanks to a new study, and it totally makes sense. I promise you won’t be surprised by these findings.

The news is buried in a new report from WalletHub.com that ranks the most and least obese states in the nation. The study, “2022’s Most Overweight and Obese States in America,” included all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

If you’re wondering, neither Pennsylvania nor New Jersey are one of the most obese states in the U.S., according to this new report. No. 1 is West Virginia, followed by Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas and Alabama. WalletHub points out that the majority of states at the top of the list are southern states, writing, “The southern cities that rank at the top of the list have a high prevalence of obesity and overweight issues in adults, teenagers and children. Alabama for example has the highest percentage of overweight teenagers, 20.1%, while Mississippi has the highest share of obese teenagers, 23.4%,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Other reasons why southern states rank at the top include the lack of health insurance coverage for nutritional counseling, the fact that people eat less than one serving of fruits or vegetables per day, and the fact that a large percentage of adults are physically inactive.” Pennsylvania was No. 27 on the list, and New Jersey was No. 40.

So, when it comes to comfort food, what’s on top in Pennsylvania? Philly Cheesesteak. Are you surprised? As for close states, the best comfort food in New Jersey is Taylor Ham Egg and Cheese, New York is Buffalo Wings and Connecticut is New Haven-Style White Clam Pizza. All of those options sound delicious. Find the full WalletHub report here. Do you agree with the best comfort food options? Reach out to us on social media and give us your picks.

Pennsylvania Wine Trails: 11 Magical Destinations

  • Brandywine Wine Trail

    “The vineyards are nestled in an unusual microclimate that exists in the narrow region between the great river basins of the Chesapeake and the Delaware River, with easy access to the cities of Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Baltimore,” says VisitPa.com.

    Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

    An association of producers united by a common terroir and distinct wines and ciders that reflect the characteristics of the Brandywine Valley.

  • Montgomery County Wine Trail

    “From jalapeno wine at Cardinal Hollow Winery to a dry Cabernet Franc Reserve at Crossings Vineyard, there’s plenty to enjoy. The trail intersects with the Bucks County Wine Trail, allowing wine lovers to indulge in even more of the Philadelphia region’s finest wines,” says VisitPa.com.

    Montgomery County Wine Trail (Pennsylvania)

    Address 1830 West Point Pike, PO Box 50, West Point, PA Try wines that you have never tried before like: Meads, Ciders and even Veggie Wines Create your own customized wine or just hang out and try wine by the sample, glass or bottle.

  • Southwest Passage Wine Trail

    “With more than 350 awards collectively, the Laurel Highlands is focused on producing only the highest of quality and locally made wines. Popular tourist destinations like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and the stunning Nemacolin Resort are only a short drive away to make a long weekend memorable,” says VisitPa.com.

    Southwest Passage Wine Trail

    With more than 350 awards collectively, we are focused on producing only the highest of quality and locally made wines. With year round events, there is always something to do and a good reason for you to start visiting us now!

  • Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

    “The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is home to eight family owned vineyards and wineries that have brought home the Governor’s Cup numerous times and won countless regional, state, national and international awards, including more than 50 for wines made from Chambourcin, its signature grape,” says VisitPa.com.

    Lehigh Valley Wine Trail - Pennsylvania's First Wine Trail

    Designated an American Viticultural Area in 2008, the nonprofit Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is located in eastern Pennsylvania's wine region. Our winery owners share one love: Making great wine! Visit them for a tasting or special event and you'll find out how their love ferments into the award-winning wines our region has become known for.

  • Mason-Dixon Wine Trail

    “Nestled in the scenic heart of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads Region, the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail features more than 14 family-owned wineries in the York, Lancaster, Gettysburg and Harrisburg area. From some of the area’s best known vineyards to newly emerging vintners, each stop on the trail provides a unique experience sure to please any palate,” says VisitPa.com.

  • Lake Erie Wine Region

    “The Erie Wine Trail is approximately 53 miles long and runs amidst 30,000 acres of vineyards along Lake Erie in western New York and Pennsylvania in ‘America’s Grape Country.’ The well-drained, gravel-loam soils and the moderating effect of the lake on spring and fall temperatures combine to create the perfect growing environment for healthy vineyards and premium wines,” says VisitPa.com.

    Lake Erie Wine Country

    is 53 miles of unique wineries and gorgeous vineyard vistas nestled along the shoreline of Lake Erie. It's where you can relax and enjoy authentic, handcrafted wines (and even brews and spirits). With lots of varieties to taste and personality to experience, come sip, swirl and see Lake Erie Wine...

  • Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country

    “Boasting more than 200 handcrafted white, red and blush wines, the trail is sure to meet all travelers’ tastes, and is conveniently located just minutes away from Hershey, the Sweetest Place on Earth, and the state capital of Harrisburg,” says VisitPa.com.

    Home - Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country

    Your destination for handcrafted creations and sweet sensations! As you explore the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country, you will enjoy breathtaking views from our 15 award-winning, family-owned wineries situated in the heart of Central Pennsylvania's beautiful rolling hills.

  • Visit Mercer County PA Wine Trail

    “The Mercer County PA Wine Trail travels along beautiful lakes and scenic countryside. Partners include Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery, Fractured Grape Wine Cellars, Knockin Knoggin Cidery and Winery, Nova Cellars Winery, Webb Winery, Wilhelm Winery,” says VisitPa.com.

    Wine, Brew & Spirits | Visit Mercer County PA

    Gather a group of your closest friends and travel the Wine & Brew Trail of Mercer County, PA. The trail offers a great experience for groups of all kinds: girls' night out, bachelor and bachelorette parties, family gatherings, vacationers, class reunions, retirement parties, and date nights.

  • Berks County Wine Trail

    “The beautiful rolling countryside of Berks County is home to eleven family-owned and award-winning wineries producing a range of wine styles from sparkling wine to dry table wines to sweet dessert wines,” says VisitPa.com.

    Berks County Wine Trail

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  • Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail

    “Located in the heart of the beautiful Susquehanna and Juniata River Valleys Central, the local climate supports not only the growth of hardy native grapes and premium hybrids, but also more delicate varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir,” says VisitPa.com.

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  • Bucks County Wine Trail

    “The gentle rolling hills, deep well-drained soils, and moderate climate combine to make Bucks County one of the premier grape-growing regions of the East Coast. Located throughout the Delaware Valley, the trail is home to eight unique wineries only minutes apart,” says VisitPa.com.

    Bucks County Wine Trail - Explore the family wineries of Bucks County

    Follow the Bucks County Wine & Art Trail. Beginning October 2022, get your free mobile passport. Check-in digitally at 3...

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