Last updated on: 11/8/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

US Obesity Levels by State


Source: Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “The State of Obesity,” stateofobesity.org, 2018
(click to see a gallery of obesity level maps by year)
I. Overview II. US State Obesity Levels and Rankings, 2017 & 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 2017, the average percentage of obese adults increased from 11.1% (for the 44 states and DC for which 1990 data are available) to 30.6%.

According to the “State of Obesity” report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as of 2017, seven states have obesity rates of 35% or higher; 22 states have obesity rates between 30% and 34.9%; 19 states have obesity rates between 25.0% and 29.9%; and two states and DC have obesity rates between 20% and 24.9%.

“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, 2017 & 1990
      
2017    1990
Rank % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
 State% Change
from 1990
to 2017
 % of Adult
Population
That Was Obese
 Rank
  30.6% Average175.7% 11.1%
(44 states & DC)
  
1 38.1% West Virginia178.1% 13.7% 4
2 37.3% Mississippi148.7% 15.0% 1
3 36.5% Oklahoma254.4% 10.3% 31
4 36.4% Iowa198.4% 12.2% 11
5 36.3% Alabama224.1% 11.2% 21
6 36.2% Louisiana194.3% 12.3% 10
7 35.0% Arkansasn/a n/a n/a
8 34.3% Kentucky170.1% 12.7% 9
9 34.2% Alaskan/a n/a n/a
10 34.1% South Carolina184.2% 12.0% 13
11 33.8% Ohio199.1% 11.3% 17
12 33.6% Indiana152.6% 13.3% 6
13 33.2% North Dakota186.2% 11.6% 15
14 33.0% Texas208.4% 10.7% 26
15 32.8% Nebraska190.3% 11.3% 17
15 32.8% Tennessee195.5% 11.1% 23
17 32.5% Missouri187.6% 11.3% 17
18 32.4% Kansasn/a n/a n/a
19 32.3% Michigan144.7% 13.2% 8
20 32.1% North Carolina141.4% 13.3% 6
21 32.0% Wisconsin171.2% 11.8% 14
22 31.9% South Dakota198.1% 10.7% 26
23 31.8% Delaware120.8% 14.4% 2
24 31.6% Georgia212.9% 10.1% 33
24 31.6% Pennsylvania130.7% 13.7% 4
26 31.3% Maryland189.9% 10.8% 25
27 31.1% Illinois157.0% 12.1% 12
28 30.1% Virginia166.4% 11.3% 17
29 30.0% Rhode Island197.0% 10.1% 33
30 29.5% Arizona178.3% 10.6% 29
31 29.4% Oregon162.5% 11.2% 21
32 29.3% Idaho215.1% 9.3% 3
33 29.1% Maine167.0% 10.9% 24
34 28.8% Wyomingn/a n/a n/a
35 28.4% Florida149.1% 11.4% 16
35 28.4% Minnesota175.7% 10.3% 31
35 28.4% New Mexico250.6% 8.1% 44
38 28.1% New Hampshire183.8% 9.9% 37
39 27.7% Washington174.3% 10.1% 33
40 27.6% Vermont157.9% 10.7% 26
41 27.3% New Jerseyn/a n/a n/a
42 26.9% Connecticut158.7% 10.4% 30
43 26.7% Nevadan/a n/a n/a
44 25.9% Massachusetts156.4% 10.1% 33
45 25.7% New York176.3% 9.3% 39
46 25.3% Montana201.2% 8.4% 43
46 25.3% Utah181.1% 9.0% 41
48 25.1% California153.5% 9.9% 37
49 23.8% Hawaii167.4% 8.9% 42
50 23.0% DC59.7% 14.4% 2
51 22.6% Colorado227.5% 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)

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IV. Source

Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “The State of Obesity,” stateofobesity.org, 2018