About State of Obesity

For more than a decade, the annual report, The State of Obesity (formerly F as in Fat) has raised awareness about the seriousness of the obesity epidemic, encouraged the creation of a national obesity prevention strategy and highlighted promising approaches for reversing the epidemic at the state and local level. The report series is a collaborative project of the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is supported by a grant from the Foundation. This website, which highlights key data from the report as well as other obesity-related trends and stories, is a project of the Foundation.

The State of Obesity Report Series

The State of Obesity 2018

Seven U. S. states had adult obesity rates at or above 35 percent in 2017, up from five states in 2016, and no state had a statistically significant improvement in its obesity rate over the past year.

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The State of Obesity 2017

After years of growth, rates have been stabilizing and can now move in the right direction—but only if efforts receive sufficient resources and support to move forward.

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The State of Obesity 2016

After decades of increasing, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, and the rise in obesity among adults is beginning to slow. This is progress, but rates are alarmingly higher than they were a generation ago as demonstrated by this report, which looks at data throughout the past 25 years.

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The State of Obesity 2015

The obesity epidemic remains one of the nation’s most serious health crises—putting millions of Americans at increased risk for a range of chronic diseases and costing the country billions of dollars in preventable healthcare spending.

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The State of Obesity 2014

After 10 years of F as in Fat, we are excited to unveil a new name for this report: The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Why? Well quite simply, we believe the “F” no longer stands for failure.

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F as in Fat Report Series

F as in Fat 2013

Each year, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) issue F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future to examine strategies for addressing the obesity crisis. In this 10th edition of the report, TFAH and RWJF included annual rates and rankings of adult obesity and obesity rate trends by region, age, gender, education and income.

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F as in Fat 2012

The future health of the United States is at a crossroads, due in large part to the obesity epidemic. Each year, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) issue F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future to examine strategies for addressing the obesity crisis. In this ninth edition of the report, TFAH and RWJF also commissioned a new study to look at how obesity could impact the future health and wealth of our nation.

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F as in Fat 2011

Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America”s Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30%. Four years ago, only one state was above 30%.

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F as in Fat 2010

Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year and declined only in the District of Columbia, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010, a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25%. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20%. The report also highlights troubling racial, ethnic, regional and income disparities in the nation’s obesity epidemic.

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F as in Fat 2009

Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009, a report released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In addition, the percentage of obese or overweight children is at or above 30% in 30 states.

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F as in Fat 2008

In this report, TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) conclude that adult obesity rates increased in 37 states in the past year. The report calls for the creation of a National Strategy to Combat Obesity and includes state-by-state data.

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F as in Fat 2007

The fourth annual edition of the F as in Fat report explores current policy weaknesses in the fight against obesity and recommends changes that must be considered to address the obesity crisis nationwide. This installment has a special focus on the role of physical activity.

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F as in Fat 2006

The third annual edition of this report concludes that adult obesity rates continued to rise in 31 states, while government policy efforts have consistently failed to provide viable solutions. It offers a 20-step action plan for stakeholders to address the obesity epidemic’s health burden and financial costs.

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F as in Fat 2005

The second annual edition of this report concludes that national and state policies are falling far short of obesity prevention and reduction goals. It finds that the U.S. does not have the aggressive, coordinated national and state strategies needed to address the crisis—threatening to make the epidemic worse.

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F as in Fat 2004

The first edition of the F as in Fat report states that Nearly 119 million American adults, 65% of the population, were overweight or obese in 2004. TFAH breaks down the rate of obesity for each state, as well as the obesity-related costs per-person. Data is included on the rates of disease associated with obesity in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

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About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter or on Facebook.

About Trust for America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. For more information, visit healthyamericans.org.

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