Interactive Data
September 2014
According to the latest data, adult obesity rates increased in six states over the last year. Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates of obesity at 35.1 percent, while Colorado has the lowest rate at 21.3 percent. Twenty states have rates at or above 30 percent, 43 states have rates of at least 25 percent and every state is above 20 percent. All obesity rates
Special Report
September 2014
This special report explores challenges and promising strategies for addressing obesity in Black and Latino communities across America. Learn more about obesity rates among adults and children of color, the inequities that contribute to higher obesity rates in communities of color, and recommendations for improving health among these populations. Full special report
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity
Introduction
September 2014
Obesity rates remain very high, putting Americans at risk for a range of health problems and adding a major burden to national healthcare costs. And, if we don't act now, this generation of children may be the first in U.S. history to live sicker and die younger than their parents. Read the full letter

Data Snapshot

Adults

Highest Adult Obesity Rates (2013)

RankRate
1West Virginia35.1%
1Mississippi35.1%
3Arkansas34.6%
4Tennessee33.7%
5Kentucky33.2%
6Louisiana33.1%
7Oklahoma32.5%
8Alabama32.4%
9Indiana31.8%
10South Carolina31.7%

Lowest Adult Obesity Rates (2013)

RankStateRate
51Colorado21.3%
50Hawaii21.8%
49District of Columbia22.9%
48Massachusetts23.6%
46Utah24.1%
46California24.1%
45Montana24.6%
44Vermont24.7%
43Connecticut25.0%
42New York25.4%

Highest Adult Diabetes Rates (2013)

RankStateRate
1Alabama13.8%
2West Virginia13.0%
3Mississippi12.9%
4South Carolina12.5%
5Tennessee12.2%
6Louisiana11.6%
7Arkansas11.5%
8North Carolina11.4%
9Florida11.2%
10Delaware11.1%

Children & Adolescents

Obese Low-Income 2-4 yr-olds (2011)

RankRate
1California16.8%
2Rhode Island16.6%
2New Jersey16.6%
4Massachusetts16.4%
5Connecticut15.8%
6Kentucky15.5%
7North Carolina15.4%
8Maryland15.3%
9South Dakota15.2%
10Oregon14.9%

Obese High Schoolers (2013)

RankRate
1Kentucky18.0%
2Arkansas17.8%
3Alabama17.1%
4Tennessee16.9%
5Texas15.7%
6West Virginia15.6%
7Mississippi15.4%
8Missouri14.9%
9Delaware14.2%
10South Carolina13.9%

Obese 10-17 year-olds (2011)

RankRate
1Mississippi21.7%
2South Carolina21.5%
3District of Columbia21.4%
4Louisiana21.1%
5Tennessee20.5%
6Arkansas20.0%
7Arizona19.8%
8Kentucky19.7%
9Illinois19.3%
10Texas19.1%

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