States with the Highest Rates of Obese 10- to 17-year-olds

According to the most recent data from the 2011 National Survey of Children's Health, obesity rates among children ages 10 to 17, defined as BMI greater than the 95th percentile for age group, ranged from a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi. Seven of the 10 states with the highest rates of obese children are in the South. Seven of the states with the lowest rates of obese 10- to 17-year-olds are in the West.

Obesity Rates Among 10- to 17-year-olds (2011)

RankState10-17 Year-old Obesity Rate
1YMississippi21.7% ±4.4
2nSouth Carolina21.5% ±4.1
3yDistrict of Columbia21.4% ±5.5
4RLouisiana21.1% ±4.0
5pTennessee20.5% ±4.2
6CArkansas20.0% ±4.2
7DArizona19.8% ±4.6
8QKentucky19.7% ±3.9
9NIllinois19.3% ±3.9
10qTexas19.1% ±4.5