Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps

Obesity Prevalence in 2017 by Education and Age

  • Obesity decreased by level of education. Adults without a high school degree or equivalent had the highest self-reported obesity (35.6%), followed by high school graduates (32.9%), adults with some college (31.9%) and college graduates (22.7%).
  • Young adults were half as likely to have obesity as middle-aged adults. Adults aged 18-24 years had the lowest self-reported obesity (16.5%) compared to adults aged 45-54 years who had the highest prevalence (35.8%).

Obesity Prevalence in 2017 Varies Across States and Territories

  • All states had more than 20% of adults with obesity.
  • 20% to less than 25% of adults had obesity in 2 states (Colorado and Hawaii) and the District of Columbia.
  • 25% to less than 30% of adults had obesity in 19 states.
  • 30% to less than 35% of adults had obesity in 22 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  • 35% or more adults had obesity in 7 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia).
  • The South (32.4%) and the Midwest (32.3%) had the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by the Northeast (27.7%), and the West (26.1%).

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2017

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, 2017. See map details in table below.

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥ 30%

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2017
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2017
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 36.3 (34.7, 38.0)
Alaska 34.2 (31.4, 37.1)
Arizona 29.5 (28.5, 30.5)
Arkansas 35.0 (32.6, 37.5)
California 25.1 (23.8, 26.4)
Colorado 22.6 (21.6, 23.7)
Connecticut 26.9 (25.6, 28.1)
Delaware 31.8 (29.7, 34.0)
District of Columbia 22.9 (21.1, 24.7)
Florida 28.4 (27.0, 29.9)
Georgia 31.6 (30.0, 33.3)
Guam 34.3 (31.2, 37.6)
Hawaii 23.8 (22.4, 25.2)
Idaho 29.3 (27.5, 31.2)
Illinois 31.1 (29.5, 32.7)
Indiana 33.6 (32.5, 34.7)
Iowa 36.4 (35.1, 37.7)
Kansas 32.4 (31.5, 33.2)
Kentucky 34.3 (32.6, 36.0)
Louisiana 36.2 (34.4, 38.1)
Maine 29.1 (27.7, 30.6)
Maryland 31.3 (30.0, 32.6)
Massachusetts 25.9 (24.1, 27.7)
Michigan 32.3 (31.1, 33.4)
Minnesota 28.4 (27.5, 29.4)
Mississippi 37.3 (35.3, 39.3)
Missouri 32.5 (30.9, 34.0)
Montana 25.3 (23.8, 26.9)
Nebraska 32.8 (31.6, 34.0)
Nevada 26.7 (24.5, 29.0)
New Hampshire 28.1 (26.3, 29.9)
New Jersey 27.3 (25.8, 28.7)
New Mexico 28.4 (26.8, 30.0)
New York 25.7 (24.6, 26.9)
North Carolina 32.1 (30.4, 34.0)
North Dakota 33.2 (31.6, 34.7)
Ohio 33.8 (32.5, 35.1)
Oklahoma 36.5 (34.9, 38.1)
Oregon 29.4 (27.9, 30.9)
Pennsylvania 31.6 (30.0, 33.2)
Puerto Rico 32.9 (31.0, 34.9)
Rhode Island 30.0 (28.1, 31.9)
South Carolina 34.1 (32.8, 35.4)
South Dakota 31.9 (29.8, 34.1)
Tennessee 32.8 (31.1, 34.6)
Texas 33.0 (31.2, 34.9)
Utah 25.3 (24.2, 26.4)
Vermont 27.6 (26.0, 29.2)
Virginia 30.1 (28.7, 31.4)
Washington 27.7 (26.6, 28.7)
West Virginia 38.1 (36.4, 39.7)
Wisconsin 32.0 (30.3, 33.8)
Wyoming 28.8 (27.1, 30.6)

Prevalence of Self –Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by Race/Ethnicity, State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017

Combining data from 2015 through 2017, non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (38.4%), followed by Hispanics (32.6%) and non-Hispanic whites (28.6%).

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017. See map details in table below.
Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 33.1 (32.1, 34.2)
Alaska 30.0 (28.3, 31.7)
Arizona 26.1 (25.3, 27.0)
Arkansas 34.0 (32.5, 35.5)
California 23.1 (22.2, 24.0)
Colorado 20.3 (19.6, 20.9)
Connecticut 24.4 (23.7, 25.2)
Delaware 29.7 (28.3, 31.1)
District of Columbia 10.3 (9.0, 11.8)
Florida 26.2 (25.4, 27.0)
Georgia 29.5 (28.3, 30.8)
Guam 30.2 (24.8, 36.2)
Hawaii 17.5 (16.2, 18.9)
Idaho 27.8 (26.7, 28.9)
Illinois 30.3 (29.3, 31.5)
Indiana 32.1 (31.2, 32.9)
Iowa 33.6 (32.8, 34.5)
Kansas 32.0 (31.4, 32.5)
Kentucky 34.4 (33.4, 35.4)
Louisiana 33.4 (32.1, 34.7)
Maine 29.8 (29.0, 30.7)
Maryland 28.1 (27.1, 29.0)
Massachusetts 24.0 (23.1, 25.0)
Michigan 30.9 (30.2, 31.7)
Minnesota 27.5 (27.0, 28.1)
Mississippi 32.1 (30.8, 33.5)
Missouri 31.6 (30.6, 32.6)
Montana 24.0 (23.0, 25.0)
Nebraska 31.7 (31.0, 32.4)
Nevada 25.7 (24.1, 27.3)
New Hampshire 27.4 (26.5, 28.5)
New Jersey 25.7 (24.6, 26.7)
New Mexico 24.3 (23.1, 25.6)
New York 24.7 (24.0, 25.5)
North Carolina 29.3 (28.3, 30.4)
North Dakota 31.9 (30.9, 32.9)
Ohio 31.2 (30.3, 32.0)
Oklahoma 33.4 (32.3, 34.4)
Oregon 29.3 (28.3, 30.3)
Pennsylvania 30.1 (29.2, 31.1)
Puerto Rico 24.1 (15.1, 36.0)
Rhode Island 26.9 (25.8, 28.0)
South Carolina 29.6 (28.8, 30.5)
South Dakota 30.0 (28.8, 31.3)
Tennessee 31.8 (30.7, 32.9)
Texas 30.1 (28.8, 31.3)
Utah 24.7 (24.1, 25.4)
Vermont 26.7 (25.8, 27.7)
Virginia 27.9 (27.0, 28.8)
Washington 28.3 (27.7, 29.0)
West Virginia 37.0 (36.1, 37.9)
Wisconsin 31.0 (30.0, 32.0)
Wyoming 27.9 (26.8, 29.1)

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017. See map details in table below.

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults, by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults, by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 45.0 (43.1, 46.9)
Alaska 44.7 (33.3, 56.8)
Arizona 32.4 (28.1, 36.9)
Arkansas 44.2 (39.9, 48.5)
California 31.4 (28.3, 34.7)
Colorado 28.9 (25.1, 33.1)
Connecticut 37.1 (34.3, 40.0)
Delaware 37.4 (34.2, 40.7)
District of Columbia 36.3 (34.4, 38.2)
Florida 35.4 (33.0, 37.8)
Georgia 37.1 (35.0, 39.2)
Guam 22.8 (12.3, 38.4)
Hawaii 29.8 (21.0, 40.6)
Idaho Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Illinois 39.5 (36.6, 42.5)
Indiana 42.2 (38.8, 45.7)
Iowa 36.3 (30.1, 43.0)
Kansas 41.2 (38.3, 44.2)
Kentucky 40.2 (36.2, 44.3)
Louisiana 42.6 (40.1, 45.0)
Maine 24.8 (16.2, 36.0)
Maryland 39.1 (37.4, 40.9)
Massachusetts 35.1 (30.8, 39.6)
Michigan 39.9 (37.7, 42.1)
Minnesota 30.4 (27.5, 33.5)
Mississippi 45.4 (43.4, 47.4)
Missouri 39.1 (35.8, 42.5)
Montana Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Nebraska 39.9 (35.3, 44.7)
Nevada 29.2 (24.5, 34.5)
New Hampshire 25.9 (15.7, 39.7)
New Jersey 36.4 (33.8, 39.1)
New Mexico 31.2 (22.9, 40.8)
New York 33.4 (31.5, 35.4)
North Carolina 41.1 (38.9, 43.3)
North Dakota 19.6 (13.3, 28.1)
Ohio 37.5 (34.9, 40.3)
Oklahoma 37.6 (33.8, 41.6)
Oregon 30.8 (22.7, 40.4)
Pennsylvania 36.8 (33.7, 40.0)
Puerto Rico Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Rhode Island 31.8 (27.0, 37.1)
South Carolina 42.0 (40.5, 43.6)
South Dakota Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Tennessee 46.4 (43.1, 49.8)
Texas 39.8 (36.4, 43.3)
Utah 26.3 (18.9, 35.4)
Vermont 22.8 (13.4, 36.1)
Virginia 41.0 (39.0, 43.0)
Washington 33.7 (29.8, 37.9)
West Virginia 43.6 (38.2, 49.3)
Wisconsin 38.1 (32.2, 44.4)
Wyoming 44.8 (30.8, 59.7)
*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) &ge 30%.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017. See map details in table below.

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults, by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults, by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 45.0 (43.1, 46.9)
Alaska 44.7 (33.3, 56.8)
Arizona 32.4 (28.1, 36.9)
Arkansas 44.2 (39.9, 48.5)
California 31.4 (28.3, 34.7)
Colorado 28.9 (25.1, 33.1)
Connecticut 37.1 (34.3, 40.0)
Delaware 37.4 (34.2, 40.7)
District of Columbia 36.3 (34.4, 38.2)
Florida 35.4 (33.0, 37.8)
Georgia 37.1 (35.0, 39.2)
Guam 22.8 (12.3, 38.4)
Hawaii 29.8 (21.0, 40.6)
Idaho Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Illinois 39.5 (36.6, 42.5)
Indiana 42.2 (38.8, 45.7)
Iowa 36.3 (30.1, 43.0)
Kansas 41.2 (38.3, 44.2)
Kentucky 40.2 (36.2, 44.3)
Louisiana 42.6 (40.1, 45.0)
Maine 24.8 (16.2, 36.0)
Maryland 39.1 (37.4, 40.9)
Massachusetts 35.1 (30.8, 39.6)
Michigan 39.9 (37.7, 42.1)
Minnesota 30.4 (27.5, 33.5)
Mississippi 45.4 (43.4, 47.4)
Missouri 39.1 (35.8, 42.5)
Montana Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Nebraska 39.9 (35.3, 44.7)
Nevada 29.2 (24.5, 34.5)
New Hampshire 25.9 (15.7, 39.7)
New Jersey 36.4 (33.8, 39.1)
New Mexico 31.2 (22.9, 40.8)
New York 33.4 (31.5, 35.4)
North Carolina 41.1 (38.9, 43.3)
North Dakota 19.6 (13.3, 28.1)
Ohio 37.5 (34.9, 40.3)
Oklahoma 37.6 (33.8, 41.6)
Oregon 30.8 (22.7, 40.4)
Pennsylvania 36.8 (33.7, 40.0)
Puerto Rico Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Rhode Island 31.8 (27.0, 37.1)
South Carolina 42.0 (40.5, 43.6)
South Dakota Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Tennessee 46.4 (43.1, 49.8)
Texas 39.8 (36.4, 43.3)
Utah 26.3 (18.9, 35.4)
Vermont 22.8 (13.4, 36.1)
Virginia 41.0 (39.0, 43.0)
Washington 33.7 (29.8, 37.9)
West Virginia 43.6 (38.2, 49.3)
Wisconsin 38.1 (32.2, 44.4)
Wyoming 44.8 (30.8, 59.7)
*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) &ge 30%.

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory,
BRFSS, 2015-2017

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017. See map details in table below.

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

*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, 2015-2017
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2017
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 31.9 (25.1, 39.6)
Alaska 28.8 (21.7, 37.1)
Arizona 35.5 (33.5, 37.5)
Arkansas 30.1 (22.6, 38.8)
California 32.1 (30.9, 33.3)
Colorado 27.4 (25.7, 29.1)
Connecticut 31.8 (29.5, 34.1)
Delaware 31.9 (27.4, 36.8)
District of Columbia 19.7 (15.1, 25.3)
Florida 28.1 (26.1, 30.2)
Georgia 30.1 (25.7, 34.9)
Guam 33.0 (27.3, 39.3)
Hawaii 31.9 (28.9, 35.1)
Idaho 33.7 (29.5, 38.1)
Illinois 35.9 (33.0, 38.9)
Indiana 28.2 (24.6, 32.1)
Iowa 33.4 (28.5, 38.8)
Kansas 36.8 (34.5, 39.2)
Kentucky 28.5 (21.6, 36.6)
Louisiana 32.3 (25.8, 39.6)
Maine 32.2 (23.4, 42.5)
Maryland 27.6 (23.8, 31.8)
Massachusetts 31.0 (28.2, 34.0)
Michigan 38.6 (34.4, 43.0)
Minnesota 33.3 (30.2, 36.5)
Mississippi 29.2 (20.1, 40.4)
Missouri 29.9 (23.8, 36.8)
Montana 26.0 (20.0, 33.2)
Nebraska 32.8 (30.0, 35.7)
Nevada 29.2 (26.1, 32.4)
New Hampshire 24.1 (16.7, 33.4)
New Jersey 31.9 (29.4, 34.5)
New Mexico 31.2 (29.6, 33.0)
New York 28.7 (27.1, 30.4)
North Carolina 28.3 (25.0, 31.8)
North Dakota 36.5 (28.6, 45.1)
Ohio 31.9 (26.7, 37.6)
Oklahoma 36.8 (32.6, 41.3)
Oregon 34.9 (31.1, 38.9)
Pennsylvania 34.7 (29.9, 39.9)
Puerto Rico 31.0 (30.0, 32.1)
Rhode Island 33.1 (29.6, 36.9)
South Carolina 27.8 (23.6, 32.4)
South Dakota 35.0 (25.0, 46.5)
Tennessee 29.6 (22.6, 37.6)
Texas 37.9 (36.1, 39.8)
Utah 27.9 (25.6, 30.4)
Vermont 26.4 (18.7, 35.9)
Virginia 29.9 (26.3, 33.7)
Washington 33.9 (31.6, 36.2)
West Virginia 29.0 (21.0, 38.6)
Wisconsin 31.5 (26.0, 37.5)
Wyoming 28.8 (24.2, 33.9)
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Download the Adult Obesity Maps by State and Territory

The adult obesity prevalence for states and territories in 2011-2017 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format Cdc-ppt[PPT-3.80MB]. This is also available as an Acrobat file Cdc-pdf[PDF-2.04MB].

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 in 2015-2017 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format Cdc-ppt[PPT-3.57MB]. This is also available as an Acrobat file Cdc-pdf[PDF-1.01MB]

The state and territory adult obesity prevalence by Race/Ethnicity in 2011-2016 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format Cdc-ppt[PPT-1.56MB]. This is also available as an Acrobat file Cdc-pdf[PDF-3.64MB].


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 Cdc-ppt[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 Cdc-pdf[PDF-98KB].

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Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults, by State and Territory, BRFSSCdc-image

 

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults, by State and Territory, BRFSSCdc-image