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Obesity prevalence in 2013 varies across states and territories

  • No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
  • 7 states and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity between 20% and <25%.
  • 23 states had a prevalence of obesity between 25% and <30%.
  • 18 states had a prevalence of obesity between 30% and <35%.
  • 2 states (Mississippi and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity of 35% or greater.
  • The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (30.2%), followed by the Midwest (30.1%), the Northeast (26.5%), and the West (24.9%).
  • The prevalence of obesity was 27.0% in Guam and 27.9% in Puerto Rico.+


Prevalence* of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013


Among non-Hispanic whites, 2 states (Colorado and Hawaii) and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%, 12 states had a prevalence of obesity between 20–25%, 26 states (Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) had a prevalence of obesity between 25–30%, and 10 states (Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had an obesity prevalence of 30% or more (with no states 35% or greater). Higher prevalence of adults with obesity were found in the Midwest (28.7%) and the South (27.5%), followed by the Northeast (25.3%), and the West (23.4%).

Source: Behavorial Risk Factor Surveillance Systems, CDC.

*Prevalence estimates reflect BRFSS methodological changes started in 2011. These estimates should not be compared to prevalence estimates before 2011.

+Guam and Puerto Rico were the only US territories with obesity data available on the 2013 BRFSS

>View Data Table - Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013


Prevalence of Self –Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by Race/Ethnicity and State, BRFSS 2011-2013

Combining data from 2011 through 2013, non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (37.6%), followed by Hispanics (30.6%) and non-Hispanic whites (26.6%).

 

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State, BRFSS, 2011-2013 Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State, BRFSS, 2011-2013 Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State, BRFSS, 2011-2013
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State, BRFSS, 2011-2013Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State, BRFSS, 2011-2013Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State, BRFSS, 2011-2013

 

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Download the 2011-2013 State Adult Obesity Maps

The adult obesity prevalence for states and territories in 2011-2013 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format. (9 slides total, PPT-779Kb)

This is also available as a text-only Acrobat file [PDF - 752Kb].

Changed System, New Baseline

Like all public health surveillance systems, BRFSS must occasionally change its methods to adapt to the changing world and to maintain validity. The improvement changes to the BRFSS affect obesity prevalence estimates, and mean that estimates from data collected in 2010 and before cannot be compared estimates from data collected in 2011 and forward. Learn more about the changes to the BRFSS.

Download the 2011-2013 State Adult Obesity Maps by Race/Ethnicity

The state adult obesity prevalence by Race/Ethnicity 2011-2013 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format. 12 slides total [PPT-736Kb].

This is also available as a text-only Acrobat file [PDF-679Kb].

Download the Historical Maps

The history of the increase in state obesity prevalence is depicted in a PowerPoint slide presentation format. (31 slides total, PPT-3Mb). Estimates of obesity prevalence from 2011 forward cannot be compared to estimates from previous years.

This is also available as a text-only Acrobat file [PDF-472k].

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