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. 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.
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.
After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, but it is still alarmingly high compared with to a generation ago. This section highlights several federal government data sources that track obesity rates among children and teens. It also summarizes policies and programs that aim to help children achieve a healthy weight during early childhood. Read more about childhood obesity
Highest Adult Obesity Rates (2016)
Lowest Adult Obesity Rates (2016)
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Highest Adult Diabetes Rates (2016)
Children & Adolescents
Obese High Schoolers (2017)
Overweight & Obese 10-17s (2016)