New Data
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
Interactive Data
September 2015
According to the most recent data released September 2015, rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30 percent, 45 states are above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent. Arkansas has the highest adult obesity rate at 35.9 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 21.3 percent. All obesity rates
Adult Obesity
Update
September 2015
Obesity remains one of the biggest threats to the health of our children and our country. Around 17 percent of children and more than 30 percent of adults are currently considered obese — putting them at heightened risk for a wide range of health problems. If we fail to change the course of the nation's obesity epidemic, the current generation of young people may be the first in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. Read the full letter

Data Snapshot

Adults

Highest Adult Obesity Rates (2014)

RankRate
1Arkansas35.9%
2West Virginia35.7%
3Mississippi35.5%
4Louisiana34.9%
5Alabama33.5%
6Oklahoma33.0%
7Indiana32.7%
8Ohio32.6%
9North Dakota32.2%
10South Carolina32.1%

Lowest Adult Obesity Rates (2014)

RankStateRate
51Colorado21.3%
50District of Columbia21.7%
49Hawaii22.1%
48Massachusetts23.3%
47California24.7%
46Vermont24.8%
45Utah25.7%
44Florida26.2%
43Connecticut26.3%
42Montana26.4%

Highest Adult Diabetes Rates (2014)

RankStateRate
1West Virginia14.1%
2Tennessee13.0%
2Mississippi13.0%
4Alabama12.9%
5Arkansas12.7%
6Kentucky12.5%
7Oklahoma12.0%
7South Carolina12.0%
9Ohio11.7%
10Georgia11.6%

Children & Adolescents

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%

Obese High Schoolers (2013)

RankRate
1Kentucky18.0%
2Arkansas17.8%
3Alabama17.1%
4Tennessee16.9%
5Texas15.7%
6West Virginia15.6%
7Mississippi15.4%
8Missouri14.9%
9Delaware14.2%
10South Carolina13.9%

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%

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