States Ranked by Obesity Rates

August 15, 2012

In 2011, rates of adult obesity in the U.S. remained high, with state estimates ranging from 20.7 percent in Colorado to 34.9 percent in Mississippi, according to the Centers for Disease Control based on 2011 data.

No state had a prevalence of adult obesity less than 20 percent, and 12 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of 30 percent or more. The South had the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.5 percent), followed by the Midwest (29 percent), the Northeast (25.3 percent) and the West (24.3 percent).

Because of changes in its methodology, CDC said estimates of obesity prevalence from 2011 forward cannot be compared to estimates from previous years. Data collected in 2011 will provide a new baseline for obesity prevalence data collected in subsequent years.

Centers for Disease Control details adult obesity prevalence for all U.S. states:

Source: The Centers for Disease Control

Was this article valuable?

Here are more articles you may enjoy.