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US Obesity Levels 1990-2016



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, 2016 & 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 2016, the average percentage of obese adults increased from 11.1% (for the 44 states and DC for which 1990 data are available) to 29.8%. As of 2016, nearly 38% of the US population was obese, with 8% falling into the extreme obesity category.

According to the "State of Obesity" report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as of 2016, five states now exceed obesity rates of 35%; 20 states have obesity rates between 30% and 34.9%; 22 states have obesity rates between 25.0% and 29.9%; and three 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, 2016 & 1990


2016 1990
Rank % of Adult
Population
That Is Obese
State % Change
from 1990
to 2016
% of Adult
Population
That Was Obese
Rank
29.8% Average 168.5% 11.1%
(44 states & DC)
1 37.7% West Virginia 175.2% 13.7% 4
2 37.3% Mississippi 148.7% 15.0% 1
3 35.7% Alabama 218.8% 11.2% 21
3 35.7% Arkansas n/a n/a n/a
5 35.5% Louisiana 188.6% 12.3% 10
6 34.8% Tennessee 213.5% 11.1% 23
7 34.2% Kentucky 169.3% 12.7% 9
8 33.7% Texas 215.0% 10.7% 26
9 32.8% Oklahoma 218.4% 10.3% 31
10 32.5% Michigan 146.2% 13.2% 8
10 32.5% Indiana 144.4% 13.3% 6
12 32.3% South Carolina 169.2% 12.0% 13
13 32.0% Nebraska 183.2% 11.3% 17
13 32.0% Iowa 162.3% 12.2% 11
15 31.9% North Dakota 175.0% 11.6% 15
16 31.8% North Carolina 139.1% 13.3% 6
17 31.7% Missouri 180.5% 11.3% 17
18 31.6% Illinois 161.2% 12.1% 12
19 31.5% Ohio 178.8% 11.3% 17
20 31.4% Georgia 210.9% 10.1% 33
20 31.4% Alaska n/a n/a n/a
22 31.2% Kansas n/a n/a n/a
23 30.7% Wisconsin 160.2% 11.8% 14
23 30.7% Delaware 113.2% 14.4% 2
25 30.3% Pennsylvania 121.2% 13.7% 4
26 29.9% Maine 174.3% 10.9% 24
26 29.9% Maryland 176.9% 10.8% 25
28 29.6% South Dakota 176.6% 10.7% 26
29 29.0% Arizona 173.6% 10.6% 29
29 29.0% Virginia 156.6% 11.3% 17
31 28.7% Oregon 156.3% 11.2% 21
32 28.6% Washington 183.2% 10.1% 33
33 28.3% New Mexico 249.4% 8.1% 44
34 27.8% Minnesota 169.9% 10.3% 31
35 27.7% Wyoming n/a n/a n/a
36 27.4% Florida 140.4% 11.4% 16
36 27.4% New Jersey n/a n/a n/a
36 27.4% Idaho 194.6% 9.3% 3
39 27.1% Vermont 153.3% 10.7% 26
40 26.6% New Hampshire 168.7% 9.9% 37
40 26.6% Rhode Island 163.4% 10.1% 33
42 26.0% Connecticut 150.0% 10.4% 30
43 25.8% Nevada n/a n/a n/a
44 25.5% New York 174.2% 9.3% 39
44 25.5% Montana 203.6% 8.4% 43
46 25.4% Utah 182.2% 9.0% 41
47 25.0% California 152.5% 9.9% 37
48 23.8% Hawaii 167.4% 8.9% 42
49 23.6% Massachusetts 133.7% 10.1% 33
50 22.6% DC 56.9% 14.4% 2
51 22.3% Colorado 223.2% 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 2016
IV. Source

Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "The State of Obesity," stateofobesity.org, Aug. 31, 2017