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. The information from YRBSS is based on a survey of participating states and uses self-reported information. State obesity rates among high school students ranged from a low of 9.5 percent in Colorado to a high of 21.7 percent in Arkansas, with a median of 14.2 percent.

Highest High School Obesity Rates (2017)

RankStateHigh School Obesity Rate
1CArkansas21.7% ±2.0
2pTennessee20.5% ±1.2
3QKentucky20.2% ±1.4
4wWest Virginia19.5% ±1.5
5qTexas18.6% ±1.2
6nSouth Carolina17.2% ±1.5
7jOklahoma17.1% ±1.4
8RLouisiana17.0% ±1.4
9VMichigan16.7% ±2.0
10XMissouri16.6% ±1.4