Fast Facts on the State of Obesity in America

Adult Obesity and Related Diseases

Nine of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity are all in the South.

25 states have an adult obesity rate of 30% or higher.

Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia and Mississippi have the highest adult obesity rates - over 35%.

Most of the states with the lowest obesity rates are in the Northeast or in the West.

Ten of the 12 states with the highest type 2 diabetes rates are in the South.

Nationally, nearly 38 percent of adults are obese. Nearly 8 percent are extremely obese.

Obesity rates exceeded 35 percent in four states and 30 percent in 25 states.

Colorado has the lowest obesity rate (20.2%) and the lowest rate of physical inactivity (17.9%).

The ten states with the highest rates of hypertension are all in the South.

In 2015, adult obesity rates decreased in four states (#MN, #MT, #NY and #OH)

In 2015, adult obesity rates increased in two state (Kansas #KS and Kentucky #KY)

Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent.

Children and Teenagers

More than 15 million U.S. children live in food-insecure households.

Mississippi high schoolers have the highest obesity rate in US: 18.9%. Montana the lowest: 10.3%

U.S. high school students who drink soda daily down from 27% in 2013 to 20.4% in 2015.

U.S. high school students who did not regularly eat breakfast in 2015: 13.7%

U.S. high school students physically active for at least 60 minutes per day in 2015: 27.1%

41.7% of U.S. high school students used a computer 3 or more hours daily (not for school) in 2015.

Physical Activity and Healthy Food

Mississippi has the highest reported percentage of physical inactivity among adults at 36.8 percent.

Colorado has the lowest report percentage of physical inactivity among adults at 17.9 percent.