Obesity Rates & Trends

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.
High School Obesity Rates
Interactive Data
September 2015
According to the most recent data released September 2015, rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30 percent, 45 states are above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent. Arkansas has the highest adult obesity rate at 35.9 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 21.3 percent.
Adult Obesity Rates
Overview
September 2015
More than a third of adults (34.9 percent) were obese as of 2011 to 2012. More than two-thirds of adults were overweight or obese (68.6 percent). Approximately 17 percent of children and teenagers (ages 2 to 19) were obese from 2011 to 2012, and 31.8 percent were either overweight or obese.
Obesity Rates & Trends Overview
New Data
September 2015
West Virginia has the highest rate of diabetes at 14.1 percent. Nine of the 10 states with the highest type 2 diabetes rates are in the South. The CDC projects that one-in-three adults could have diabetes by 2050.
Diabetes in the United States (1990-2014)
New Interactive
September 2015
According to the latest data, all ten states with the highest rates of hypertension are in the South. West Virginia has the highest rate at 41 percent.
Hypertension in the United States (1990-2013)
New Data
September 2015
Sixty percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits.Mississippi had the highest reported percentage of inactivity among adults at 31.6 percent.
Physical Inactivity in the United States (1990-2014)
New
September 2015
Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.
The Healthcare Costs of Obesity
New
September 2015
More than 14 percent of U.S. households (17.4 million) are "food insecure" — defined by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as having their access to adequate food and nutrition limited due to cost, proximity and/or other resources.
Food Insecurity, Food Deserts and Healthy Weight
New
September 2015
Individuals with lower income and/or education levels are disproportionately more likely to be obese. More than 33 percent of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared with 24.6 percent of those who earned at least $50,000 per year.
Socioeconomics and Obesity
New Data
September 2015
Adults ages 40 to 59 (39.5 percent) have higher obesity than adults ages 20 to 39 (30.3 percent) and ages 60+ (35.4 percent). This is also true among those who are severely and morbidly obese, where those between ages 40 to 59 have higher rates than those between ages 20 to 39 and ages 60+.
Obesity Rates by Age Group
New
September 2015
Around 3.5 percent of U.S. children and teens (ages 2 to 19) are underweight. Combining underweight (3.5 percent) and obese (17 percent) children — 20.5 percent of children have increased health risks due to being an unhealthy weight.
Underweight Children
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.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity
Interactive Data
August 2013
The prevalence of obesity among 2- to 4-year-old children from low-income families increased from 12.7 percent in 1999 to 14.4 percent in 2011. However, during 2008 to 2011, 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands had a statistically-significant decrease and only three states increased during this time.
Obesity Among 2- to 4-Year-Olds from Low-Income Families, 1989-2011
Interactive Data
August 2013
The 2011 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) found obesity rates for children ages 10 to 17 ranged from a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi.
Study of Children Ages 10 to 17 (2011)