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Obesity Statistics in the United States

Obesity Statistics in the United States

Updated: August 2012

2012 State Obesity Rates | 2011 State Obesity Rates |  Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Adolescents | State-Level Estimated Annual Medical Costs of Obesity | Obesity and Disease


United States Map of Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 2012

State % State %
Alabama 33.0 Missouri 29.6
Alaska 25.7 Montana 24.3
Arizona 26.0 Nebraska 28.6
Arkansas 34.5 Nevada 26.2
California 25.0 New Hampshire 27.3
Colorado 20.5 New Jersey 24.6
Connecticut 25.6 New Mexico 27.1
Delaware 26.9 New York 23.6
District of Columbia 21.9 North Carolina 29.6
Florida 25.2 North Dakota 29.7
Georgia 29.1 Ohio 30.1
Hawaii 23.6 Oklahoma 32.2
Idaho 26.8 Oregon 27.3
Illinois 28.1 Pennsylvania 29.1
Indiana 31.4 Rhode Island 25.7
Iowa 30.4 South Carolina 31.6
Kansas 29.9 South Dakota 28.1
Kentucky 31.3 Tennessee 31.1
Louisiana 34.7 Texas 29.2
Maine 28.4 Utah 24.3
Maryland 27.6 Vermont 23.7
Massachusetts 22.9 Virginia 27.4
Michigan 31.1 Washington 26.8
Minnesota 25.7 West Virginia 33.8
Mississippi 34.6 Wisconsin 29.7
    Wyoming 24.6

 

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC.

Prevalence reflects BRFSS methodological changes in 2011, and these estimates should not be compared to obesity prevalence before 2011.

 

United States Map of Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults 2011

 

 2013 Report with State Obesity Rates - Trust for America's Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2011.
 

2011 State Obesity Rates

 

State

%

State

%

State

%

State

%

Alabama
32.0
Illinois
27.1
Montana
24.6
Rhode Island
25.4
Alaska
27.4
Indiana
30.8
Nebraska
28.4
South Carolina
30.8
Arizona
24.7
Iowa
29.0
Nevada
24.5
South Dakota
28.1
Arkansa
30.9
Kansas
29.6
New Hampshire
26.2
Tennessee
29.2
California
23.8
Kentucky
30.4
New Jersey
23.7
Texas
30.4
Colorado
20.7
Louisiana
33.4
New Mexico
26.3
Utah
24.4
Connecticut
24.5
Maine
27.8
New York
24.5
Vermont
25.4
Delaware
28.8
Maryland
28.3
North Carolina
29.1
Virginia
29.2
District of Columbia
23.7
Massachusetts
22.7
North Dakota
27.8
Washington
26.5
Florida
26.6
Michigan
31.3
Ohio
29.6
West Virginia
32.4
Georgia
28.0
Minnesota
25.7
Oklahoma
31.1
Wisconsin
27.7
Hawaii
21.8
Mississippi
34.9
Oregon
26.7
Wyoming
25.0
Idaho
27.0
Missouri
30.3
Pennsylvania
28.6
 
 

 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011.

To view a CDC powerpoint presentation on obesity trends over the last ten years, click here and scroll down the page.

  

Prevalence of overweight among children and adolescents ages 2-19 years

 

Age (years)1


1963-65
1966-702


1971-74


1976-80


1988-94


1999-2000


2001-02


2003-04

2-5

-

5%

5%

7.2%

10.3%

10.6%

13.9%

6-11

4.2%

4%

6.5%

11.3%

15.1%

16.3%

18.8%

12-19

4.6%

6.1%

5%

10.5%

14.8%

16.7%

17.4%

1Excludes pregnant women starting with 1971-74. Pregnancy status not available for 1963-65 and 1966-70.
2Data for 1963-65 are for children 6-11 years of age; data for 1966-70 are for adolescents 12-17 years of age, not 12-19 years.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NHANES


State-Level Estimated Annual Obesity-Attributable Expenditures, by State (2009).

 

State

(Millions $)

Alabama

$2505

Alaska

$459

Arizona

$2113

Arkansas

$1254

California

$15223

Colorado

$1637

Connecticut

$1719

Delaware

$592

District of Columbia

$500

Florida

$8079

Georgia

$4226

Hawaii

$470

Idaho

$550

Illinois

$6368

Indiana

$3520

Iowa

$1435

Kansas

$1327

Kentucky

$2372

Louisiana

$2383

Maine

$767

Maryland

$3032

Massachusetts

$3511

Michigan

$5349

Minnesota

$2800

Mississippi

$1586

Missouri

$3196

Montana

$379

Nebraska

$1002

Nevada

$1048

New Hampshire

$594

New Jersey

$4447

New Mexico

$663

New York

$11,114

North Carolina

$4599

North Dakota

$371

Ohio

$6896

Oklahoma

$1721

Oregon

$1678

Pennsylvania

$6997

Puerto Rico

 

Rhode Island

$566

South Carolina

$2291

South Dakota

$409

Tennessee

$3656

Texas

$10,262

Utah

$953

Vermont

$291

Virginia

$3387

Washington

$2977

West Virginia

$1171

Wisconsin

$3078

Wyoming

$203


Source: Trogdon, Finkelstein, Feagan, and Cohen, 2011.

Reference:
Trogdon, JG, Finkelstein, EA, Feagan, CW, Cohen JW. State- and payer-specific estimates of annual medical expenditures attributable to obesity.Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 Jan;20(1):214-20. doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.169. Epub 2011 Jun 16.

Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health chronic conditions, including the following:

Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
Type 2 diabetes
Heart disease
Stroke
Gallbladder disease
Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
Some cancers (pancreas, kidney, prostate, endometrial, breast, and colon)

Reference:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General's call to action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity. [Rockville, MD]: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Office of the Surgeon General, [2001]. Available from: US GPO, Washington.

Link to Public Health Menu Page.
Contact for more information: Amy Winterfeld, NCSL, Health Program

 

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