Fast Facts on the State of Obesity in America

Adult Obesity and Related Diseases

The 10 states with the highest adult obesity rates are all in the South and Midwest.

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

Arkansas, 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.

Nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of type 2 diabetes are in the South.

34.9% of American adults are obese and 68.6% are obese or overweight.

Nearly 40% of American adults ages 40 to 59 are obese.

Colorado has the lowest obesity rate (21.3%) and the lowest rate of physical inactivity (16.4%).

All 12 of the states with the highest rates of hypertension are in the South.

Five states had increases in adult obesity in the last year #KS, #MN, #NM, #OH and #UT

Children and Teenagers

40.7% of Latino boys are obese or overweight compared with 27.8% of White boys.

Kentucky high school students have the worst obesity rate in US at 18%. Utah the best at 6.4%.

18 states show declining obesity rates for young kids from low-income families.

7 of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates for ages 10-17 are in the South.

7 of the 10 states with the lowest obesity rates for ages 10-17 are in the West.

16.9% of children in the U.S. are obese and 31.8% are either obese or overweight.

#Childhood #obesity rates are stabilizing in the U.S. after many years on the rise.

Physical Activity and Healthy Food

The 4 states with highest obesity rates also have the most adults who don't exercise.

Oregon has the highest percentage of physically active adults in the US at 83.7%.

Mississippi has the most adults in US not eating 1 fruit/day. New Hampshire has the fewest.

84% of kid-targeted food ads on Spanish-language TV promote food with low nutritional value.

Black kids see twice as many calories advertised in fast food commercials as White kids.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities

82% of Black women are overweight or obese compared to 63.2% of White women.

77.2% of Latino women are overweight or obese compared to 63.2% of White women.

47.8% of Black adults are obese compared to 32.6% of White adults.

42.5% of Latino adults are obese compared to 32.6% of White adults.

Today 56.6% of Black women are obese compared with 29.7% of Black women in 1974.

Black adult obesity rates have gone up by 8+ percentage points since 2002.

Latino adult obesity rates have gone up by 10 percentage points since 2002.

The obesity rate for Latino men has gone up from 15.7% in 1980 to 40.1% today.

In the U.S., 20.2% of Black, 22.4% of Latino and 14.3% of White children are obese.

In the U.S., 37% of Hispanic girls are obese or overweight compared to 29.2% of White girls.

10.1% of African-American boys are severely obese compared with 3.3% of White boys.