US Obesity Levels, 1990-2015



Source: Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "The State of Obesity," stateofobesity.org, Sep. 2016
(click to see a gallery of obesity level maps by year)
I. Overview II. US State Obesity Levels and Rankings, 2015 & 1990 III. US Obesity Maps Gallery
I. Overview
Obesity is usually determined by BMI (body mass index) measurements. Someone with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

From 1990 to 2015, the average percentage of obese adults increased from 11.1% (for 44 states and DC) to 29.3%. As of 2015, 37.9% of the US population was obese.

According to the "State of Obesity" report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as of 2015, 4 states now exceed obesity rates of 35%; 25 states have obesity rates at or above 30%; and all of the states have obesity rates over 25%.

"The State of Obesity," the source for the data below, used reports from the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) "Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System" (BRFSS) annual survey. The data for 1990 are incomplete because not all states were yet participating in the survey that year.
II. US State Obesity Levels and Rankings, 2015 & 1990


2015 1990
Rank % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
State % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
Rank
29.3% Average 11.12%
(44 states & DC)
1 36.2% Louisiana 12.3% 10
2 35.6% Alabama 11.2% 21
2 35.6% Mississippi 15.0% 1
2 35.6% West Virginia 13.7% 4
5 34.6% Kentucky 12.7% 9
6 34.5% Arkansas n/a n/a
7 34.2% Kansas n/a n/a
8 33.9% Oklahoma 10.3% 31
9 33.8% Tennessee 11.1% 23
10 32.4% Missouri 11.3% 17
10 32.4% Texas 10.7% 26
12 32.1% Iowa 12.2% 11
13 31.7% South Carolina 12.0% 13
14 31.4% Nebraska 11.3% 17
15 31.3% Indiana 13.3% 6
16 31.2% Michigan 13.2% 8
17 31.0% North Dakota 11.6% 15
18 30.8% Illinois 12.1% 12
19 30.7% Georgia 10.1% 33
19 30.7% Wisconsin 11.8% 14
21 30.4% South Dakota 10.7% 26
22 30.1% North Carolina 13.3% 6
22 30.1% Oregon 11.2% 21
24 30.0% Maine 10.9% 24
24 30.0% Pennsylvania 13.7% 4
26 29.8% Alaska n/a n/a
26 29.8% Ohio 11.3% 17
28 29.7% Delaware 14.4% 2
29 29.2% Virginia 11.3% 17
30 29.0% Wyoming n/a n/a
31 28.9% Maryland 10.8% 25
32 28.8% New Mexico 8.1% 44
33 28.6% Idaho 9.3% 39
34 28.4% Arizona 10.6% 29
35 26.8% Florida 11.4% 16
36 26.7% Nevada n/a n/a
37 26.4% Washington 10.1% 33
38 26.3% New Hampshire 9.9% 37
39 26.1% Minnesota 10.3% 31
40 26.0% Rhode Island 10.1% 33
41 25.6% New Jersey n/a n/a
42 25.3% Connecticut 10.4% 30
43 25.1% Vermont 10.7% 26
44 25.0% New York 9.3% 39
45 24.5% Utah 9.0% 41
46 24.3% Massachusetts 10.1% 33
47 24.2% California 9.9% 37
48 23.6% Montana 8.4% 43
49 22.7% Hawaii 8.9% 42
50 22.1% DC 14.4% 2
51 20.2% Colorado 6.9% 45

"The State of Obesity," the source for the above data, used reports from the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) "Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System" (BRFSS) annual survey. The data for 1990 are incomplete because not all states were yet participating in the survey that year.

III. US Obesity Maps Gallery (click each map to enlarge)
1990 1995 2000
2003 2004 2005
2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011
2012 2013 2014
2015
IV. Source

Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "The State of Obesity," stateofobesity.org, Sep. 2016