Traditional American fare—just like the American waistline—is looking more than a little pudgy these days.
Even though some states enjoy healthier reputations than others (Yes, Colorado, we mean you), no state is completely guilt-free when it comes to dishes with huge portion sizes, super-high calorie counts, or sky-high fat content.
The Grand Canyon State takes celebrating fatty foods to a whole new level at the Heart Attack Grill. Patrons weighing over 350 pounds eat for free. The Quadruple Bypass Burgerestimated by some to be worth 8,000 caloriesis at least refreshingly honest about its potential impact on your health.
Iowa: Hot beef sundae
In 2006, the hot beef sundae made its debut at the Iowa State Fair. An artery-clogging play on the classic hot fudge sundae, this horror was marketed as a new twist to an old favorite.
Gigantic sandwiches can be found across the country, but the biggest ones in the country may be found in Birch Run, Mich., at Tonys I-75, as featured on the Travel Channels Sandwich Paradise. There, youll find the worlds most artery-clogging BLT. Each contains over a pound of bacon
Wisconsin: Deep-fried cheese curds
A by-product of the cheese-making process, cheese curds are a Wisconsin staple. At many carnivals and fairs, and even at some fast-food restaurants, cheese curds can also be found deep-fried.
Mississippi: Mud Pie
The state with the highest obesity rate in the country, at 32.5%, has held this not-so-enviable title for five years in a row. Decadent dining choices, like the Mud Pie, rumored to have originated in the Magnolia State, are certainly part of the problem.