Adult Obesity Rates Top 35% in Nine States
September 2019 – Nine states—Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia—now have adult obesity rates over 35%. Obesity rates are highest in Mississippi and West Virginia, and lowest in Colorado.
Related Adult Data
Updated: September 2019
West Virginia has the highest rate of adult diabetes, 16.2%. Diabetes rates rose significantly in eleven states between 2017 and 2018.
Updated: September 2019
Kentucky has the highest rate of physical inactivity among adults, 32.3%. Eight of the 11 states with the highest rates are in the South.
Updated: September 2018
Eight of the 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension are in the South. West Virginia has the highest rate at 43.5%.
The National Obesity Monitor
Explore the latest national obesity data and trends over time, including by age group, sex, race and ethnicity. The data cover children as young as 2, all the way up to adults, and come from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which is conducted every two years by the National Center for Health Statistics and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
State-Level Impact of Proposed Changes to SNAP
A proposed rule from USDA to end SNAP Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE) would cause more than three million SNAP participants across 39 states to lose their benefits. In 20 states, more than 10 percent of SNAP households are slated to lose eligibility under the rule.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC Gives Children a Healthy Start
July 2019 —New data show obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC continue to decline. We sat down with Georgia Machell of the National WIC Association and Jim Weill of FRAC for their insights about the new data and the value of WIC.
Obesity Rates Decline Among Preschoolers in WIC
Data released in JAMA shows obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in WIC declined from 15.9% in 2010 to 13.9% in 2016, with statistically significant decreases among all racial and ethnic subgroups.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
WIC helps low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 achieve and maintain a healthy weight by providing healthy foods and nutrition education; promoting breastfeeding and supporting nursing mothers; and providing healthcare and social-service referrals.
Boosting Physical Activity by Turning Streets and Other Public Spaces into Play Streets
August 2019 — Physical activity is important for our health—especially for children. But in rural communities—where there may be fewer resources, sidewalks, playgrounds, and parks—there often are fewer opportunities for kids to engage in the kind of physical activity that keeps them healthy and happy. Play Streets is one solution.
The State of Childhood Obesity
The federal government monitors obesity rates among children and teens with major surveys that track national trends and state rates. According to NHANES (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), 18.5% of youth ages 2 to 19 had obesity in 2015-16, the highest rate ever documented by the survey.