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% Average 175.7% 11.1%
(44 states & DC)
1 38.1% West Virginia 178.1% 13.7% 4
2 37.3% Mississippi 148.7% 15.0% 1
3 36.5% Oklahoma 254.4% 10.3% 31
4 36.4% Iowa 198.4% 12.2% 11
5 36.3% Alabama 224.1% 11.2% 21
6 36.2% Louisiana 194.3% 12.3% 10
7 35.0% Arkansas n/a n/a n/a
8 34.3% Kentucky 170.1% 12.7% 9
9 34.2% Alaska n/a n/a n/a
10 34.1% South Carolina 184.2% 12.0% 13
11 33.8% Ohio 199.1% 11.3% 17
12 33.6% Indiana 152.6% 13.3% 6
13 33.2% North Dakota 186.2% 11.6% 15
14 33.0% Texas 208.4% 10.7% 26
15 32.8% Nebraska 190.3% 11.3% 17
15 32.8% Tennessee 195.5% 11.1% 23
17 32.5% Missouri 187.6% 11.3% 17
18 32.4% Kansas n/a n/a n/a
19 32.3% Michigan 144.7% 13.2% 8
20 32.1% North Carolina 141.4% 13.3% 6
21 32.0% Wisconsin 171.2% 11.8% 14
22 31.9% South Dakota 198.1% 10.7% 26
23 31.8% Delaware 120.8% 14.4% 2
24 31.6% Georgia 212.9% 10.1% 33
24 31.6% Pennsylvania 130.7% 13.7% 4
26 31.3% Maryland 189.9% 10.8% 25
27 31.1% Illinois 157.0% 12.1% 12
28 30.1% Virginia 166.4% 11.3% 17
29 30.0% Rhode Island 197.0% 10.1% 33
30 29.5% Arizona 178.3% 10.6% 29
31 29.4% Oregon 162.5% 11.2% 21
32 29.3% Idaho 215.1% 9.3% 3
33 29.1%
Maine 167.0% 10.9% 24
34 28.8% Wyoming n/a n/a n/a
35 28.4% Florida 149.1% 11.4% 16
35 28.4% Minnesota 175.7% 10.3% 31
35 28.4% New Mexico 250.6% 8.1% 44
38 28.1% New Hampshire 183.8% 9.9% 37
39 27.7% Washington 174.3% 10.1% 33
40 27.6% Vermont 157.9% 10.7% 26
41 27.3% New Jersey n/a n/a n/a
42 26.9% Connecticut 158.7% 10.4% 30
43 26.7% Nevada n/a n/a n/a
44 25.9% Massachusetts 156.4% 10.1% 33
45 25.7% New York 176.3% 9.3% 39
46 25.3% Montana 201.2% 8.4% 43
46 25.3% Utah 181.1% 9.0% 41
48 25.1% California 153.5% 9.9% 37
49 23.8% Hawaii 167.4% 8.9% 42
50 23.0% DC 59.7% 14.4% 2
51 22.6% Colorado 227.5% 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)
1990 1995 2000
2003 2004 2005
2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011
2012 2013 2014
2015 2016 2017
IV. Source

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