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Obesity Prevalence Maps

Obesity prevalence in 2014 varies across states and territories.

  • No state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%.
  • 5 states and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity between 20% and <25%.
  • 23 states, Guam and Puerto Rico had a prevalence of obesity between 25% and <30%.
  • 19 states had a prevalence of obesity between 30% and <35%.
  • 3 states (Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity of 35% or greater.
  • The Midwest had the highest prevalence of obesity (30.7%), followed by the South (30.6%), the Northeast (27.3%), and the West (25.7%).

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2014

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, 2014

Source: Behavorial Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC.

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

>View Data Table - Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2014

Prevalence of Self –Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by Race/Ethnicity, State and Territory, BRFSS, 2012-2014

Combining BRFSS data from 2012 through 2014, non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (38.1%), followed by Hispanics (31.3%) and non-Hispanic whites (27.1%).

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Download the Adult Obesity Maps by State and Territory

The adult obesity prevalence for states and territories in 2011-2014 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format [9 slides total, PPT-1.8MB].

This is also available as a text-only Acrobat file [PDF - 1.22MB].

 

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

The state and territory adult obesity prevalence by Race/Ethnicity 2012-2014 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format. 12 slides total [PPT-9.26MB].

This is also available as a text-only Acrobat file [PDF-886KB].


The state and territory 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].

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. (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-472KB].


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