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The State of Obesity in

Texas

Adult Obesity in Texas

Texas now has the 11th highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Texas's adult obesity rate is currently 31.9 percent, up from 21.7 percent in 2000 and from 10.7 percent in 1990. U.S. adult obesity rates remained mostly steady — but high — this past year, increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah and remaining stable in the rest. 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. View data for all states

Tweet thisCurrent adult obesity rate (2014)

31.9%

Rank among states (2014)

11/51

Adult obesity rate in Texas (1990-2014)

Obesity rate by age (2014)

18-25 19.1% 26-44 30.9% 45-64 38.9% 65+ 30.7%

Obesity rate by race (2014)

White 26.7% Black 40.7% Latino 35.8%

Obesity rate by gender (2012)

Men 28.5% Women 30.0%

Source: Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Obesity 2015 [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2015.

Childhood Obesity in Texas

2- to 4-year-olds from low-income families

Current obesity rate (2011)

no data

Rank among states (2011)

no data 

Historical rates (1989-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children24

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2011)

19.1%

Rank among states (2011)

10/51

Historical rates (2004-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2013)

15.7%

Rank among states (2013)

5/43

Historical rates (2003-2013)

Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity

Obesity-Related Health Issues in Texas

Diabetes

Current adult diabetes rate (2014)

11.0%

Rank among states (2014)

17/51

Diabetes cases in 2010

1,962,059

Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace

2,851,687

Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2014)

Hypertension

Current adult hypertension rate (2013)

31.2%

Rank among states (2013)

29/51

Hypertension cases in 2010

4,300,252

Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace

5,689,509

Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2013)

Heart Disease

Heart disease cases in 2010

1,261,654

Projected cases of heart disease in 2030

5,688,482

Arthritis

Arthritis cases in 2010

4,426,828

Projected cases of arthritis in 2030

3,797,542

Obesity-Related Cancer

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010

328,379

Projected cases of cancer in 2030

810,806

Sources: Current diabetes (2014) and hypertension (2013) rates are from The State of Obesity 2015 [PDF]; 2010 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and obesity-related cancer numbers and projected cases of obesity-related health problems related are from F as in Fat 2012 [PDF].