The National Issue
Obesity rates have risen alarmingly over the past two decades. As of 2011, the lowest prevalence of adult obesity (based on self-report) in any state was 20.7%.
For more information regarding national statistics, visit the CDC Obesity and Overweight resource page.
- Key Statistics for Obesity, Overweight, and Underweight
- These accurate, up-to-date estimates of obesity prevalence stratified by adults and children are provided by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
- The Obesity Epidemic in the United States—Gender, Age, Socioeconomic, Racial/Ethnic, and Geographic Characteristics: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression Analysis (2007) [PDF–7Mb]
- This review of national data published from 1990-2006, informs the context surrounding the obesity epidemic in the U.S.