Obesity Rates & Trends

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.
Adult Obesity in the United States
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 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
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
New Data
August 2017
Mississippi has the highest rate of diabetes at 14.7 percent. Ten of the 12 states with the highest type 2 diabetes rates are in the South. The CDC projects that one-in-three adults could have diabetes by 2050.
Diabetes in the United States (1990-2015)
New Data
August 2017
Eighty percent of American adults do not meet the government's national physical activity recommendations for aerobic activity and muscle strengthening. Around 45 percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits.
Physical Inactivity in the United States (1990-2015)
Updated
August 2017
In 2011-2014, middle-aged Americans (ages 40-59) had the highest obesity rate of any age group at 41.0 percent, followed by seniors (ages 60 and older) at 38.5 percent, and then young adults (ages 20-39) at 34.3 percent.
Obesity Rates by Age Group
New
August 2017
Obesity disproportionately affects different communities — including communities of color, communities with high levels of poverty, and adults with lower education levels.
Inequity and Obesity
Updated
September 2016
The 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension are in the South. West Virginia has the highest rate at 41 percent.
Hypertension in the United States (1990-2013)
Updated
November 2016
Obesity rates declined in 31 states and three territories, increased in four states, and remained stable in the rest from 2010 to 2014 among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). Rates exceeded 15 percent in 18 states and ranged from a low of 8.2 percent in Utah and a high of 20.0 percent in Virginia to in 2014.
Obesity Among WIC Participants
Updated
June 2016
According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 13.9 percent of high school students were obese, and an additional 16.0 percent were overweight. State obesity rates among high school students ranged from a low of 10.3 percent in Montana to a high of 18.9 percent in Mississippi, with a median of 13.3 percent.
High School Obesity Rates
Updated
August 2016
More than 15 million U.S. children live in "food-insecure" households — having limited access to adequate food and nutrition due to cost, proximity and/or other resources.
Food Insecure Children
Updated
August 2016
Nearly one in four (23.4 percent) women are obese before becoming pregnant — which can increase the risk for a wide range of health complications for the baby and the mother. More than 6 percent (approximately one in 16) of pregnant women have or develop diabetes during pregnancy — known as gestational diabetes.
Percent of women obese prepregnancy
September 2015
Around 3.5 percent of U.S. children and teens (ages 2 to 19) are underweight. Combining underweight (3.5 percent) and obese (17 percent) children — 20.5 percent of children have increased health risks due to being an unhealthy weight.
Underweight Children
Special Report
September 2014
This special report explores challenges and promising strategies for addressing obesity in Black and Latino communities across America. Learn more about obesity rates among adults and children of color, the inequities that contribute to higher obesity rates in communities of color, and recommendations for improving health among these populations.
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Obesity
September 2015
Obesity is one of the biggest drivers of preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs in the United States. Currently, estimates for these costs range from $147 billion to nearly $210 billion per year.
The Healthcare Costs of Obesity
September 2015
Individuals with lower income and/or education levels are disproportionately more likely to be obese. More than 33 percent of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared with 24.6 percent of those who earned at least $50,000 per year.
Socioeconomics and Obesity