State of Obesity Congressional Briefing

Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9:30am-10:30am Eastern

Join the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a briefing on the newly released State of Obesity 2016. Scheduled speakers include Richard Hamburg, Interim President and CEO, Trust for America's Health; Don Schwarz, MD, MPH MBA, Vice President, Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Bonnie Gallion, English as a Second Language Teacher, Seaton Elementary School, Washington, DC; and Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Affairs, The Food Trust. Details and registration

New Data
September 2016
Adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York, Ohio), increased in two (Kansas, Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015. Yet adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. View all state obesity data
Adult Obesity Rates
Update
September 2016
This year's State of Obesity report is an urgent call to action for government, industry, healthcare, foundations, schools, child care and families around the country to redouble efforts to provide a brighter, healthier future for our children. Together we can build an inclusive Culture of Health in this country and ensure that all children and families live healthy lives. Read the full letter
Special Feature
September 2016
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
Childhood Obesity
Childhood Obesity
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. All high school obesity rates
High School Obesity

Data Snapshot

Adults

Highest Adult Obesity Rates (2015)

RankRate
1Louisiana36.2%
2Alabama35.6%
2Mississippi35.6%
2West Virginia35.6%
5Kentucky34.6%
6Arkansas34.5%
7Kansas34.2%
8Oklahoma33.9%
9Tennessee33.8%
10Missouri32.4%

Lowest Adult Obesity Rates (2015)

RankStateRate
51Colorado20.2%
50District of Columbia22.1%
49Hawaii22.7%
48Montana23.6%
47California24.2%
46Massachusetts24.3%
45Utah24.5%
44New York25.0%
43Vermont25.1%
42Connecticut25.3%

Highest Adult Diabetes Rates (2015)

RankStateRate
1Mississippi14.7%
2West Virginia14.5%
3Alabama13.5%
4Kentucky13.4%
5Louisiana12.7%
5Tennessee12.7%
7Arkansas12.6%
8South Carolina11.8%
9Oklahoma11.7%
10Missouri11.5%

Children & Adolescents

Obese High Schoolers (2015)

RankRate
1Mississippi18.9%
2Tennessee18.6%
3Kentucky18.5%
4Arkansas18.0%
5West Virginia17.9%
6Oklahoma17.3%
7North Carolina16.4%
8South Carolina16.3%
9Alabama16.1%
10Delaware15.8%

Obese 10-17 year-olds (2011)

RankRate
1Mississippi21.7%
2South Carolina21.5%
3District of Columbia21.4%
4Louisiana21.1%
5Tennessee20.5%
6Arkansas20.0%
7Arizona19.8%
8Kentucky19.7%
9Illinois19.3%
10Texas19.1%

Obese Low-Income 2-4 yr-olds (2011)

RankRate
1California16.8%
2Rhode Island16.6%
2New Jersey16.6%
4Massachusetts16.4%
5Connecticut15.8%
6Kentucky15.5%
7North Carolina15.4%
8Maryland15.3%
9South Dakota15.2%
10Oregon14.9%

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