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The State of Obesity in

West Virginia

Adult Obesity in West Virginia

West Virginia now has the second highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. West Virginia's adult obesity rate is currently 35.7 percent, up from 23.9 percent in 2000 and from 13.7 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)

35.7%

Rank among states (2014)

2/51

Adult obesity rate in West Virginia (1990-2014)

Obesity rate by age (2014)

18-25 20.6% 26-44 39.7% 45-64 40.2% 65+ 30.8%

Obesity rate by race (2014)

White 34.7% Black 40.9% Latino 37.1%

Obesity rate by gender (2012)

Men 34.5% Women 33.1%

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

Childhood Obesity in West Virginia

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

Current obesity rate (2011)

14.0%

Rank among states (2011)

21/41

Historical rates (1989-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children24

10- to 17-year-olds

Current obesity rate (2011)

18.5%

Rank among states (2011)

13/51

Historical rates (2004-2011)

Source: stateofobesity.org/children1017

High school students

Current obesity rate (2015)

17.9%

Rank among states (2015)

5/43

Historical rates (1999-2015)

Source: stateofobesity.org/high-school-obesity

Obesity-Related Health Issues in West Virginia

Diabetes

Current adult diabetes rate (2014)

14.1%

Rank among states (2014)

1/51

Diabetes cases in 2010

191,529

Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace

282,164

Historical adult diabetes rates (1990-2014)

Hypertension

Current adult hypertension rate (2013)

41.0%

Rank among states (2013)

1/51

Hypertension cases in 2010

433,914

Projected cases of hypertension in 2030 at current pace

558,316

Historical adult hypertension rates (1990-2013)

Heart Disease

Heart disease cases in 2010

137,761

Projected cases of heart disease in 2030

659,007

Arthritis

Arthritis cases in 2010

418,737

Projected cases of arthritis in 2030

347,324

Obesity-Related Cancer

Obesity-related cancer cases in 2010

33,990

Projected cases of cancer in 2030

88,983

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].