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Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps

Obesity Prevalence in 2015 Varies Across States and Territories

  • No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
  • In 6 states (California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, and Utah) and the District of Columbia, obesity ranged from 20% to less than 25%.
  • 19 states and Puerto Rico had a prevalence of obesity between 25% and  less than 30%.
  • Obesity prevalence in 21 states and Guam was 30% to less than 35%.
  • Four states (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia) had an obesity prevalence of 35% or greater.
  • The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (31.2%), followed by the Midwest (30.7%), the Northeast (26.4%), and the West (25.2%).

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Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015

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

	Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥ 30%

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Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015

State Prevalence % 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 35.6 (34.1, 37.2)
Alaska 29.8 (27.5, 32.3)
Arizona 28.4 (26.9, 30.0)
Arkansas 34.5 (32.2, 36.9)
California 24.2 (23.2, 25.2)
Colorado 20.2 (19.1, 21.3)
Connecticut 25.3 (24.1, 26.4)
Delaware 29.7 (27.6, 31.8)
District of Columbia 22.1 (19.7, 24.80)
Florida 26.8 (25.5, 28.1)
Georgia 30.7 (28.8, 32.6)
Guam 31.6 (28.2, 35.1)
Hawaii 22.7 (21.3, 24.1)
Idaho 28.6 (26.9, 30.4)
Illinois 30.8 (29.2, 32.4)
Indiana 31.3 (29.5, 33.1)
Iowa 32.1 (30.5, 33.8)
Kansas 34.2 (33.4, 35.0)
Kentucky 34.6 (32.9, 36.3)
Louisiana 36.2 (34.3, 38.1)
Maine 30.0 (28.6, 31.4)
Maryland 28.9 (27.2, 30.7)
Massachusetts 24.3 (23.0, 25.6)
Michigan 31.2 (29.9, 32.4)
Minnesota 26.1 (25.3, 27.0)
Mississippi 35.6 (33.8, 37.5)
Missouri 32.4 (30.8, 34.0)
Montana 23.6 (22.1, 25.2)
Nebraska 31.4 (30.3, 32.5)
Nevada 26.7 (24.1, 29.5)
New Hampshire 26.3 (24.8, 27.9)
New Jersey 25.6 (24.3, 26.9)
New Mexico 28.8 (27.1, 30.6)
New York 25.0 (24.0, 26.1)
North Carolina 30.1 (28.7, 31.5)
North Dakota 31.0 (29.3, 32.8)
Ohio 29.8 (28.4, 31.2)
Oklahoma 33.9 (32.2, 35.6)
Oregon 30.1 (28.4, 31.8)
Pennsylvania 30.0 (28.4, 31.6)
Puerto Rico 29.5 (28.0, 31.1)
Rhode Island 26.0 (24.3, 27.7)
South Carolina 31.7 (30.5, 33.0)
South Dakota 30.4 (28.5, 32.3)
Tennessee 33.8 (31.9, 35.7)
Texas 32.4 (30.9, 33.9)
Utah 24.5 (23.5, 25.5)
Vermont 25.1 (23.8, 26.6)
Virginia 29.2 (27.9, 30.6)
Washington 26.4 (25.5, 27.4)
West Virginia 35.6 (34.1, 37.1)
Wisconsin 30.7 (29.0, 32.4)
Wyoming 29.0 (27.0, 31.1)

Prevalence of Self –Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by Race/Ethnicity, State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

Combining data from 2013 through 2015, non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (38.1%), followed by Hispanics (31.9%) and non-Hispanic whites (27.6%).

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

	Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥ 30%

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Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 31.1 (30.1, 32.1)
Alaska 27.7 (26.4, 29.0)
Arizona 24.4 (23.4, 25.5)
Arkansas 33.2 (31.9, 34.6)
California 22.2 (21.4, 23.1)
Colorado 19.1 (18.5, 19.7)
Connecticut 24.0 (23.2, 24.9)
Delaware 29.4 (28.1, 30.8)
District of Columbia 9.9 (8.6, 11.4)
Florida 25.2 (24.4, 26.0)
Georgia 28.0 (27.0, 29.2)
Guam 21.1 (16.7, 26.2)
Hawaii 17.9 (16.6, 19.4)
Idaho 28.1 (27.0, 29.2)
Illinois 28.3 (27.2, 29.3)
Indiana 31.3 (30.4, 32.2)
Iowa 31.6 (30.8, 32.5)
Kansas 31.0 (30.5, 31.6)
Kentucky 32.9 (32.0, 33.8)
Louisiana 31.9 (30.7, 33.2)
Maine 29.2 (28.4, 30.0)
Maryland 26.7 (25.8, 27.8)
Massachusetts 23.0 (22.3, 23.8)
Michigan 30.2 (29.5, 31.0)
Minnesota 26.5 (25.8, 27.1)
Mississippi 31.5 (30.2, 32.8)
Missouri 30.4 (29.4, 31.4)
Montana 23.8 (22.9, 24.6)
Nebraska 30.0 (29.3, 30.6)
Nevada 26.3 (24.7, 27.9)
New Hampshire 27.3 (26.4, 28.2)
New Jersey 25.6 (24.8, 26.5)
New Mexico 22.8 (21.7, 24.0)
New York 24.9 (24.1, 25.8)
North Carolina 27.2 (26.3, 28.1)
North Dakota 31.3 (30.4, 32.3)
Ohio 30.5 (29.7, 31.4)
Oklahoma 32.5 (31.5, 33.4)
Oregon 28.1 (27.1, 29.1)
Pennsylvania 29.5 (28.6, 30.3)
Puerto Rico 45.4 (33.4, 58.0)
Rhode Island 26.4 (25.4, 27.4)
South Carolina 28.3 (27.5, 29.2)
South Dakota 29.6 (28.5, 30.8)
Tennessee 31.5 (30.3, 32.6)
Texas 27.9 (26.9, 28.9)
Utah 24.5 (23.9, 25.1)
Vermont 24.8 (24.0, 25.6)
Virginia 26.7 (25.9, 27.5)
Washington 27.7 (27.0, 28.5)
West Virginia 35.2 (34.3, 36.1)
Wisconsin 29.8 (28.9, 30.8)
Wyoming 28.0 (26.9, 29.1)

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

	Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥ 30%

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Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults, by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

State Prevalence 95% CI
Alabama 43.2 (41.3, 45.2)
Alaska 40.5 (31.7, 49.9)
Arizona 34.2 (28.4, 40.5)
Arkansas 43.9 (40.4, 47.6)
California 32.8 (29.7, 36.0)
Colorado 27.7 (24.1, 31.6)
Connecticut 35.5 (32.5, 38.6)
Delawarev 36.6 (33.7, 39.7)
District of Columbia 35.2 (33.1, 37.4)
Florida 35.3 (32.9, 37.7)
Georgia 37.8 (35.8, 39.8)
Guam No data available* No data available*
Hawaii 33.6 (23.7, 45.1)
Idaho No data available* No data available*
Illinois 40.7 (37.5, 44.0)
Indiana 41.5 (38.0, 45.2)
Iowa 35.4 (28.8, 42.6)
Kansas 42.7 (39.9, 45.5)
Kentucky 42.7 (38.6, 46.9)
Louisiana 42.5 (40.3, 44.7)
Maine 35.9 (24.2, 49.6)
Maryland 38.0 (36.1, 40.0)
Massachusetts 35.9 (32.5, 39.4)
Michigan 37.6 (35.3, 40.0)
Minnesota 29.9 (26.6, 33.5)
Mississippi 43.2 (41.3, 45.2)
Missouri 38.4 (35.0, 41.9)
Montana No data available* No data available*
Nebraska 36.3 (32.0, 40.8)
Nevada 34.5 (28.9, 40.6)
New Hampshire 27.6 (17.6, 40.5)
New Jersey 36.6 (34.4, 38.8)
New Mexico 37.5 (30.0, 45.6)
New York 32.3 (30.1, 34.6)
North Carolina 39.9 (37.9, 41.8)
North Dakota 20.0 (12.4, 30.6)
Ohio 37.1 (34.3, 40.1)
Oklahoma 35.4 (32.1, 38.8)
Oregon 29.4 (20.4, 40.4)
Pennsylvania 35.7 (33.0, 38.5)
Puerto Rico No data available* No data available*
Rhode Island 34.5 (29.8, 39.4)
South Carolina 42.2 (40.7, 43.7)
South Dakota No data available* No data available*
Tennessee 43.0 (39.8, 46.4)
Texas 41.5 (38.5, 44.6)
Utah 30.9 (23.2, 39.8)
Vermont 29.0 (17.7, 43.7)
Virginia 39.2 (37.1, 41.3)
Washington 35.4 (30.8, 40.2)
West Virginia 41.5 (35.8, 47.4)
Wisconsin 41.6 (35.5, 48.0)
Wyoming 43.0 (28.7, 58.5)

*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥ 30%

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

	Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥ 30%

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Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults, by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2013-2015

State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 27.6 (20.5, 36.0)
Alaska 28.3 (22.3, 35.1)
Arizona 35.5 (32.6, 38.4)
Arkansas 36.9 (30.1, 44.4)
California 31.3 (30.1, 32.6)
Colorado 28.3 (26.6, 30.1)
Connecticut 30.3 (27.6, 33.0)
Delaware 35.3 (30.5, 40.3)
District of Columbia 18.5 (13.2, 25.1)
Florida 26.5 (24.7, 28.4)
Georgia 27.1 (23.0, 31.8)
Guam 32.9 (27.3, 38.9)
Hawaii 31.8 (28.6, 35.1)
Idaho 36.3 (31.8, 41.0)
Illinois 36.0 (32.6, 39.6)
Indiana 31.4 (27.4, 35.7)
Iowa 34.0 (28.6, 39.8)
Kansas 35.4 (33.3, 37.5)
Kentucky 24.3 (17.9, 32.2)
Louisiana 29.9 (23.5, 37.3)
Maine 25.3 (18.5, 33.5)
Maryland 25.1 (21.2, 29.4)
Massachusetts 32.4 (29.9, 35.1)
Michigan 36.9 (32.2, 41.8)
Minnesota 31.2 (27.5, 35.2)
Mississippi 25.4 (16.7, 36.6)
Missouri 31.5 (25.0, 38.8)
Montana 26.8 (21.2, 33.2)
Nebraska 30.8 (27.9, 33.8)
Nevada 30.5 (26.9, 34.3)
New Hampshire 27.8 (20.2, 36.8)
New Jersey 28.8 (26.8, 30.9)
New Mexico 31.2 (29.7, 32.8)
New York 30.6 (28.6, 32.7)
North Carolina 28.1 (25.2, 31.2)
North Dakota 35.1 (26.7, 44.6)
Ohio 26.3 (21.4, 31.8)
Oklahoma 33.9 (30.2, 37.8)
Oregon 31.4 (27.1, 36.1)
Pennsylvania 39.1 (34.1, 44.3)
Puerto Rico 28.5 (27.6, 29.4)
Rhode Island 28.9 (25.7, 32.3)
South Carolina 32.1 (27.3, 37.3)
South Dakota 28.8 (20.0, 39.5)
Tennessee 27.6 (19.7, 37.3)
Texas 36.9 (35.4, 38.5)
Utah 27.7 (25.7, 29.9)
Vermont 22.4 (15.4, 31.5)
Virginia 27.9 (24.3, 31.7)
Washington 31.5 (28.7, 34.5)
West Virginia 40.2 (31.4, 49.6)
Wisconsin 33.4 (27.6, 39.8)
Wyoming 33.4 (28.4, 38.8)

Download the Adult Obesity Maps by State and Territory

The adult obesity prevalence for states and territories in 2011-2015 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format [PPT-2.01MB] . This is also available as an Acrobat file [PDF - 1.58MB] .

CDC's Data, Trends, and Maps Interactive Tool provides additional state and territory adult obesity prevalence estimates.


Download the Adult Race/Ethnicity Obesity Maps by State and Territory

The state and territory adult obesity prevalence by Race/Ethnicity 2013-2015 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format [PPT-614KB] . This is also available as an Acrobat file [PDF-1.20MB]

The state and territory adult obesity prevalence by Race/Ethnicity 2011-2013 and 2012-2014 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format [PPT-831KB] .

This is also available as an Acrobat file [PDF-886KB] .


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 Historical Maps

The history of the increase in state obesity prevalence is depicted in a PowerPoint slide presentation format [PPT-3.01MB] . Estimates of obesity prevalence from 2011 forward cannot be compared to estimates from previous years. This is also available as an Acrobat file [PDF-98KB] .

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