New Data
August 2017
Adult obesity rates decreased in Kansas, increased in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and West Virginia, and remained stable in the rest of states between 2015 and 2016. This supports trends that show steadying levels in recent years, yet adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in five states and top 30 percent in 25 states. West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate at 37.7 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 22.3 percent. View all state obesity data
Adult Obesity in the United States
New Data
September 2017
The 2016 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) found combined overweight and obesity rates for children and teens ages 10 to 17 ranged from a low of 19.2 percent in Utah to a high of 37.7 percent in Tennessee.
Study of Children Ages 10 to 17 (2016)
New Interactive
August 2017
Strong state policies play a key role in improving access to healthy food and increasing physical activity, which are essential for promoting a healthy weight. This new feature tracks the status of each state's efforts on more than two dozen policies aimed at preventing obesity and supporting health. View state policies to prevent obesity
State Policies to Prevent Obesity
New
August 2017
After years of rapid increases, the growth in America's adult obesity rate has started to slow, and even decline, in some places. On a state level, adult obesity rates increased in four states (Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and West Virginia), decreased in one state (Kansas), and remained stable in the rest. This supports trends that have shown steadying levels in recent years.
Obesity Rates & Trends Overview
Updated
August 2017
After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, but it is still alarmingly high compared with to a generation ago. This section highlights several federal government data sources that track obesity rates among children and teens. It also summarizes policies and programs that aim to help children achieve a healthy weight during early childhood. Read more about childhood obesity
Childhood Obesity

Data Snapshot

Adults

Highest Adult Obesity Rates (2016)

RankRate
1West Virginia37.7%
2Mississippi37.3%
3Alabama35.7%
3Arkansas35.7%
5Louisiana35.5%
6Tennessee34.8%
7Kentucky34.2%
8Texas33.7%
9Oklahoma32.8%
10Michigan32.5%

Lowest Adult Obesity Rates (2016)

RankStateRate
51Colorado22.3%
50District of Columbia22.6%
49Massachusetts23.6%
48Hawaii23.8%
47California25.0%
46Utah25.4%
44Montana25.5%
44New York25.5%
43Nevada25.8%
42Connecticut26.0%

Highest Adult Diabetes Rates (2016)

RankStateRate
1West Virginia15.0%
2Alabama14.6%
3Mississippi13.6%
4Arkansas13.5%
5Kentucky13.1%
6South Carolina13.0%
7Tennessee12.7%
8Louisiana12.1%
8Georgia12.1%
10Oklahoma12.0%

Children & Adolescents

Obese High Schoolers (2015)

RankRate
1Mississippi18.9%
2Tennessee18.6%
3Kentucky18.5%
4Arkansas18.0%
5West Virginia17.9%
6Oklahoma17.3%
7North Carolina16.4%
8South Carolina16.3%
9Alabama16.1%
10Delaware15.8%

Overweight & Obese 10-17s (2016)

RankRate
1Tennessee37.7%
2North Dakota37.1%
3Mississippi37.0%
4Florida36.6%
5Rhode Island36.3%
6Alabama35.5%
7West Virginia35.1%
8Louisiana34.0%
9Arkansas33.9%
9Indiana33.9%

Obese Low-Income 2-4 yr-olds (2011)

RankRate
1California16.8%
2New Jersey16.6%
2Rhode Island16.6%
4Massachusetts16.4%
5Connecticut15.8%
6Kentucky15.5%
7North Carolina15.4%
8Maryland15.3%
9South Dakota15.2%
10Oregon14.9%

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