What's the Favorite Junk Food in Your State?
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Most people have at least one guilty food pleasure. But could where you live have some influence on your indulgence of choice?

Data scientists at Lifesum, a health app that allows its 35 million users to track food and exercise and create diet plans, analyzed data input by its users to see which states are eating the most junk food, and which might be doing better at resisting the temptation.

The analysts at Lifesum identified 27 common junk foods, out of a database of roughly 2 million foods, that Americans regularly recorded into the app.

They found that consumers in certain regions shared similar cravings. For example, residents of the heavily populated Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) craved sweet breakfast items like pancakes and jelly donuts, while the mountain states indulged in beer. States in the Midwest turned to fried chicken, while consumers in the Northeast craved ice cream. Mudpies turned up a lot in the western states.

Several states were also identified as eating the most junk food overall. The top five of these were Alabama, Mississippi, Wyoming, North Dakota and Kentucky. These states, except Wyoming, all have obesity rates higher than 35%, according to a recent obesity report.

Based on Lifesum's data, these are the junk foods that users in each state logged the most. Junk food was defined by the Lifesum researchers as a "fattening food, drink or dessert" that has little nutritional value.

Alabama
Alabama

Alabama

  • Corn dogs
  • Fries
  • Nuggets
  • Pop Tarts

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Mississippi
Mississippi

Mississippi

  • Burgers
  • Fried chicken
  • Cinnamon rolls

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Wyoming
Wyoming

Wyoming

  • Glazed jelly donuts
  • KFC
  • Beer

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North Dakota
North Dakota

North Dakota

  • Cookies
  • Shakes

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Kentucky
Kentucky

Kentucky

  • Cheesecake
  • Curly fries

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Hawaii
Hawaii

Hawaii

  • Soda
  • Mud pies

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Utah and Washington
Utah and Washington

Utah and Washington

  • Chocolate

Utahns also have a weakness for pancakes.

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Iowa
Iowa

Iowa

  • Pizza
  • Burgers

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West Virginia and Florida
West Virginia and Florida

West Virginia and Florida

  • Blooming onion

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Nebraska
Nebraska

Nebraska

  • Dairy Queen Brownie Blizzard
  • Brownie bites
  • KFC

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New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

  • Ice cream

New Hampshire residents are also taken in by mud pies, and in Connecticut, pancakes are the runner-up junk food of choice.

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North Carolina
North Carolina

North Carolina

  • Oreo shakes

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Louisiana and Illinois
Louisiana and Illinois

Louisiana and Illinois

  • Popeyes

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Montana, Vermont, Colorado and Oregon
Montana, Vermont, Colorado and Oregon

Montana, Vermont, Colorado and Oregon

  • Beer

Oregonians also go for ice cream, and Montanans are tempted by soda.

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New York
New York

New York

  • Glazed jelly donuts
  • Chocolate chip cookie cups

Chocolate chip cookie cups are made by shaping the cookie batter in a mini-muffin tin. You can fill them with ice cream, milk, or whatever, according to Pillsbury.

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South Carolina and Georgia
South Carolina and Georgia

South Carolina and Georgia

  • Waffles

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Tennessee, Missouri and South Dakota
Tennessee, Missouri and South Dakota

Tennessee, Missouri and South Dakota

  • Chips

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Texas
Texas

Texas

  • Waffles
  • Corn dogs

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Alaska
Alaska

Alaska

  • Chocolate mocha
  • Beer

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Maine, Arizona and New Mexico
Maine, Arizona and New Mexico

Maine, Arizona and New Mexico

  • Milkshake

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Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware
Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware

Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware

  • Triple-thick milkshakes

We suspect this is the McDonald's (MCD - Get Report) version.

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Indiana
Indiana

Indiana

  • Curly fries
  • Pop Tarts

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Ohio
Ohio

Ohio

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California
California

California

  • Mud pies
  • Oreo shakes

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New Jersey and Nevada
New Jersey and Nevada

New Jersey and Nevada

  • Pancakes

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Minnesota
Minnesota

Minnesota

  • Cookies
  • Chocolate

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Arkansas and Oklahoma
Arkansas and Oklahoma

Arkansas and Oklahoma

  • Corn dogs

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Maryland
Maryland

Maryland

  • Pancakes
  • Popeyes
  • Glazed jelly donuts

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Michigan
Michigan

Michigan

  • KFC
  • Pizza

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Idaho and Wisconsin
Idaho and Wisconsin

Idaho and Wisconsin

  • Soda

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Kansas
Kansas

Kansas

  • Burgers

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