New Data
June 2016
According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 13.9 percent of high school students were obese, and an additional 16.0 percent were overweight. State obesity rates among high school students ranged from a low of 10.3 percent in Montana to a high of 18.9 percent in Mississippi, with a median of 13.3 percent. All high school obesity rates
High School Obesity

Data Snapshot

Adults

Highest Adult Obesity Rates (2014)

RankRate
1Arkansas35.9%
2West Virginia35.7%
3Mississippi35.5%
4Louisiana34.9%
5Alabama33.5%
6Oklahoma33.0%
7Indiana32.7%
8Ohio32.6%
9North Dakota32.2%
10South Carolina32.1%

Lowest Adult Obesity Rates (2014)

RankStateRate
51Colorado21.3%
50District of Columbia21.7%
49Hawaii22.1%
48Massachusetts23.3%
47California24.7%
46Vermont24.8%
45Utah25.7%
44Florida26.2%
43Connecticut26.3%
42Montana26.4%

Highest Adult Diabetes Rates (2014)

RankStateRate
1West Virginia14.1%
2Tennessee13.0%
2Mississippi13.0%
4Alabama12.9%
5Arkansas12.7%
6Kentucky12.5%
7Oklahoma12.0%
7South Carolina12.0%
9Ohio11.7%
10Georgia11.6%

Children & Adolescents

Obese High Schoolers (2015)

RankRate
1Mississippi18.9%
2Tennessee18.6%
3Kentucky18.5%
4Arkansas18.0%
5West Virginia17.9%
6Oklahoma17.3%
7North Carolina16.4%
8South Carolina16.3%
9Alabama16.1%
10Delaware15.8%

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%

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%

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