Fast Facts on the State of Obesity in America

Adult Obesity and Related Diseases

Nine of the 11 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South

Five states have an adult obesity rate of 35% or higher

West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas have highest adult obesity rates - over 35%

Hawaii, Massachusetts, DC, and Colorado have the lowest obesity rates - below 25%

The ten states with the highest rates of type 2 diabetes are in the South

West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate at 37.7 percent

Twenty-five states have an adult obesity rate of 30% or higher

Colorado has the lowest obesity rate (22.3%) and the lowest rate of physical inactivity (15.8%)

The 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension are in the South

In 2016, adult obesity rates decreased in KS and increased in 4 states (#CO, #MN, #WA, #WV)

Nationally, nearly 38 percent of adults are obese. Nearly 8 percent are extremely obese.

25% of young adults who try to join the military are ineligible due to fitness or weight concerns

Children and Teenagers

More than 15 million U.S. children live in food-insecure households.

Arkansas high schoolers have the highest obesity rate in US: 21.7%. Colorado the lowest: 9.5%

U.S. high school students who drink soda daily down from 20.4% in 2015 to 18.7% in 2017.

U.S. high school students physically active for at least 60 minutes per day in 2017: 26.1%

43% of U.S. high school students used a computer, played video games, or were on social media for 3 or more hours daily (not for school) in 2017.

Physical Activity and Healthy Food

Mississippi has the highest reported percentage of physical inactivity among adults at 36.8 percent.

Colorado has the lowest report percentage of physical inactivity among adults at 17.9 percent.