Interactive: Adult Obesity in the United States, 1990-2012
According to the most recent data released in July 2013, adult obesity rates increased in one state and stayed level in the remaining states. Thirteen states currently have an adult obesity rate over 30 percent (shown in red). Louisiana now has the highest rate of obesity at 34.7 percent, followed closely by Mississippi at 34.6 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.5 percent. Of the states with the 20 highest adult obesity rates, only Pennsylvania is not in the South or Midwest. Northeastern and Western states comprise most of the states with the lowest rates of obesity. Read more in the Obesity Rates and Related Trends Overview.
Adult Obesity Rate by State, 2012
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Two Decades of Rising Rates
Adult obesity rates, 1990 to 2012
Adult Obesity Rates and Ranks, 2012
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Note: A change in methodology makes direct comparisons to data collected prior to 2011 difficult. This is indicated by a break in the trend lines between 2010 and 2011. Read the full rates and ranks methodology for more information.