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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Obesity Prevalence Maps

Obesity prevalence in 2013 varies across states and regions

  • No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
  • 7 states and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity between 20% and <25%.
  • 23 states had a prevalence of obesity between 25% and <30%.
  • 18 states had a prevalence of obesity between 30% and <35%.
  • 2 states (Mississippi and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity of 35% or greater.
  • The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (30.2%), followed by the Midwest (30.1%), the Northeast (26.5%), and the West (24.9%).


Prevalence* of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State, BRFSS, 2013

Among non-Hispanic whites, 2 states (Colorado and Hawaii) and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%, 12 states had a prevalence of obesity between 20–25%, 26 states (Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) had a prevalence of obesity between 25–30%, and 10 states (Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had an obesity prevalence of 30% or more (with no states 35% or greater). Higher prevalence of adults with obesity were found in the Midwest (28.7%) and the South (27.5%), followed by the Northeast (25.3%), and the West (23.4%).
Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems, CDC.
*Prevalence estimates reflect BRFSS methodological changes started in 2011. These estimates should not be compared to prevalence estimates before 2011.

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