- States with the Highest Obesity Rates
Nine of the 11 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South.
- States with the Lowest Obesity Rates
Hawaii, Massachusetts, D.C., and Colorado have the lowest obesity rates - below 25 percent. Colorado has the lowest rate of any state.
- States with the Highest Type 2 Diabetes Rates
The ten states with the highest rates of type 2 diabetes are in the South.
- States with the Highest Hypertension Rates
The ten states with the highest rates of hypertension are all in the South. West Virginia had the highest rate at 42.7 percent.
- States with the Highest Rates of Physical Inactivity
Arkansas had the highest reported percentage of physical inactivity among adults at 32.5 percent. Thirty-two states had decreasing rates of inactive adults in the last year.
- States with the Highest Rates of Obese High School Students
According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 14.8 percent of high school students were obese, and an additional 15.6 percent were overweight.
- States with the Highest Rates of Obese 10- to 17-year-olds
Seven of the 10 states with the highest rates of obese children are in the South. Seven of the states with the lowest rates of obese 10- to 17-year-olds are in the West.
- State Rates of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Nationally, 37.7 percent of adults consume fruits less than one time a day, and 22.6 consume vegetables less than one time a day.