Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps

By Education and Age

 

Each year CDC releases the Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories. The maps show self-reported adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location. The data comes from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an on-going state-based, telephone interview survey conducted by CDC and state health departments.

The 2018 maps show that obesity impacts some groups more than others. There are notable differences by race and ethnicity, as shown by combined data from 2016-2018:

  • 2 states had an obesity prevalence of 35 percent or higher among non-Hispanic white adults.
  • 9 states had an obesity prevalence of 35 percent or higher among Hispanic adults.
  • 29 states and the District of Columbia had an obesity prevalence of 35 percent or higher among non-Hispanic black adults.
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By Education and Age

  • Obesity decreased by level of education. Adults without a high school degree or equivalent had the highest self-reported obesity (35.0%), followed by high school graduates (33.1%), adults with some college (33.0%) and college graduates (24.7%).
  • Young adults were half as likely to have obesity as middle-aged adults. Adults aged 18-24 years had the lowest self-reported obesity (18.1%) compared to adults aged 45-54 years who had the highest prevalence (36.9%).

Across States and Territories

  • All states and territories 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 17 states and Guam.
  • 30% to less than 35% of adults had obesity in 22 states and Puerto Rico.
  • 35% or more adults had obesity in 9 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and West Virginia).
  • The South (33.6%) and the Midwest (33.1%) had the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by the Northeast (28.0%), and the West (26.9%).

Map: Overall Obesity

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2018

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, 2018. 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, 2018
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2018
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 36.2 (34.6, 37.9)
Alaska 29.5 (27.0, 32.2)
Arizona 29.5 (27.8, 31.3)
Arkansas 37.1 (35.1, 39.1)
California 25.8 (24.8, 26.9)
Colorado 23.0 (21.9, 24.0)
Connecticut 27.4 (26.2, 28.7)
Delaware 33.5 (31.7, 35.4)
District of Columbia 24.7 (22.9, 26.5)
Florida 30.7 (29.1, 32.3)
Georgia 32.5 (31.2, 33.8)
Guam 29.8 (26.6, 33.3)
Hawaii 24.9 (23.6, 26.3)
Idaho 28.4 (26.3, 30.5)
Illinois 31.8 (30.2, 33.4)
Indiana 34.1 (32.6, 35.6)
Iowa 35.3 (34.2, 36.5)
Kansas 34.4 (33.2, 35.6)
Kentucky 36.6 (34.9, 38.4)
Louisiana 36.8 (34.9, 38.7)
Maine 30.4 (28.9, 31.9)
Maryland 30.9 (29.8, 32.1)
Massachusetts 25.7 (24.3, 27.2)
Michigan 33.0 (31.8, 34.2)
Minnesota 30.1 (29.2, 30.9)
Mississippi 39.5 (37.8, 41.2)
Missouri 35.0 (33.3, 36.8)
Montana 26.9 (25.2, 28.5)
Nebraska 34.1 (32.9, 35.3)
Nevada 29.5 (27.1, 32.0)
New Hampshire 29.6 (27.9, 31.4)
New Jersey 25.7 (23.3, 28.2)
New Mexico 32.3 (30.7, 34.0)
New York 27.6 (26.7, 28.6)
North Carolina 33.0 (31.2, 34.8)
North Dakota 35.1 (33.3, 37.0)
Ohio 34.0 (32.7, 35.3)
Oklahoma 34.8 (33.1, 36.6)
Oregon 29.9 (28.4, 31.4)
Pennsylvania 30.9 (29.4, 32.5)
Puerto Rico 32.9 (31.2, 34.7)
Rhode Island 27.7 (26.0, 29.5)
South Carolina 34.3 (33.0, 35.6)
South Dakota 30.1 (28.1, 32.1)
Tennessee 34.4 (32.5, 36.3)
Texas 34.8 (32.8, 36.8)
Utah 27.8 (26.7, 28.9)
Vermont 27.5 (25.9, 29.2)
Virginia 30.4 (29.1, 31.6)
Washington 28.7 (27.6, 29.8)
West Virginia 39.5 (37.8, 41.3)
Wisconsin 32.0 (30.2, 33.8)
Wyoming 29.0 (27.3, 30.8)

Maps: Obesity by Race/Ethnicity

Prevalence of Self –Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by Race/Ethnicity, State and Territory, BRFSS, 2016-2018

Combining data from 2016 through 2018, non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (39.1%), followed by Hispanics (33.3%) and non-Hispanic whites (29.3%).

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2016-2018

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018. 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, 2016-2018
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic White Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2016-2018
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 33.8 (32.7, 34.9)
Alaska 30.4 (28.6, 32.1)
Arizona 26.8 (25.9, 27.7)
Arkansas 34.8 (33.4, 36.2)
California 23.3 (22.4, 24.2)
Colorado 21.1 (20.5, 21.8)
Connecticut 25.2 (24.5, 26.0)
Delaware 30.7 (29.4, 32.1)
District of Columbia 11.2 (10.0, 12.6)
Florida 26.9 (26.1, 27.7)
Georgia 30.1 (29.0, 31.3)
Guam 29.2 (24.0, 35.0)
Hawaii 17.8 (16.6, 19.2)
Idaho 27.7 (26.6, 28.9)
Illinois 30.8 (29.7, 31.9)
Indiana 33.0 (32.2, 33.8)
Iowa 34.5 (33.7, 35.3)
Kansas 32.1 (31.5, 32.8)
Kentucky 35.2 (34.2, 36.2)
Louisiana 32.9 (31.7, 34.2)
Maine 29.8 (28.9, 30.6)
Maryland 28.7 (27.9, 29.5)
Massachusetts 25.0 (24.0, 26.0)
Michigan 31.8 (31.0, 32.5)
Minnesota 28.7 (28.2, 29.2)
Mississippi 33.9 (32.6, 35.2)
Missouri 32.0 (30.9, 33.0)
Montana 25.1 (24.1, 26.1)
Nebraska 32.6 (31.9, 33.3)
Nevada 26.4 (24.9, 27.9)
New Hampshire 28.5 (27.5, 29.5)
New Jersey 26.1 (24.8, 27.5)
New Mexico 25.1 (23.9, 26.4)
New York 25.7 (25.0, 26.4)
North Carolina 29.9 (28.7, 31.1)
North Dakota 33.1 (32.2, 34.1)
Ohio 32.6 (31.8, 33.4)
Oklahoma 33.9 (32.9, 35.0)
Oregon 29.2 (28.2, 30.1)
Pennsylvania 30.4 (29.4, 31.3)
Puerto Rico 29.9 (17.9, 45.5)
Rhode Island 27.1 (26.0, 28.3)
South Carolina 30.8 (29.9, 31.7)
South Dakota 29.7 (28.5, 31.0)
Tennessee 32.3 (31.2, 33.4)
Texas 31.5 (30.2, 32.9)
Utah 25.7 (25.0, 26.4)
Vermont 27.7 (26.7, 28.6)
Virginia 28.4 (27.6, 29.2)
Washington 29.0 (28.4, 29.7)
West Virginia 38.5 (37.6, 39.5)
Wisconsin 31.4 (30.4, 32.5)
Wyoming 28.0 (26.9, 29.2)

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2016-2018

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018. 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, 2016-2018
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Hispanic Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2016-2018
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 31.7 (24.6, 39.8)
Alaska 29.8 (22.6, 38.2)
Arizona 34.8 (32.7, 36.9)
Arkansas 32.0 (24.7, 40.4)
California 32.8 (31.6, 34.0)
Colorado 28.1 (26.5, 29.8)
Connecticut 32.0 (29.7, 34.4)
Delaware 30.2 (26.2, 34.5)
District of Columbia 23.4 (19.0, 28.5)
Florida 30.7 (28.4, 33.1)
Georgia 30.1 (26.6, 33.9)
Guam 32.4 (26.8, 38.6)
Hawaii 33.2 (30.3, 36.3)
Idaho 33.3 (29.1, 37.9)
Illinois 35.6 (32.9, 38.4)
Indiana 31.7 (28.1, 35.4)
Iowa 34.4 (30.5, 38.6)
Kansas 36.3 (33.7, 39.1)
Kentucky 30.9 (24.2, 38.6)
Louisiana 31.7 (25.6, 38.6)
Maine 29.0 (20.4, 39.4)
Maryland 29.7 (26.6, 33.1)
Massachusetts 30.0 (27.1, 33.1)
Michigan 36.9 (32.8, 41.1)
Minnesota 34.5 (31.6, 37.5)
Mississippi 28.2 (20.1, 38.0)
Missouri 37.1 (30.3, 44.5)
Montana 26.8 (20.7, 33.9)
Nebraska 34.0 (31.4, 36.7)
Nevada 28.9 (26.1, 31.8)
New Hampshire 24.2 (17.0, 33.1)
New Jersey 31.9 (28.9, 35.0)
New Mexico 32.8 (31.2, 34.5)
New York 29.4 (27.9, 31.0)
North Carolina 30.0 (26.5, 33.7)
North Dakota 40.2 (32.1, 49.0)
Ohio 39.8 (34.3, 45.5)
Oklahoma 36.9 (32.8, 41.3)
Oregon 34.5 (31.2, 37.9)
Puerto Rico 32.1 (31.1, 33.2)
Pennsylvania 32.2 (28.1, 36.7)
Rhode Island 34.3 (30.8, 38.1)
South Carolina 27.6 (23.6, 31.9)
South Dakota 32.9 (23.6, 43.7)
Tennessee 33.6 (26.7, 41.4)
Texas 37.9 (35.8, 40.0)
Utah 28.9 (26.6, 31.3)
Vermont 24.9 (17.1, 34.6)
Virginia 29.2 (25.9, 32.8)
Washington 35.9 (33.5, 38.2)
West Virginia 26.7 (18.9, 36.2)
Wisconsin 34.9 (29.4, 40.9)
Wyoming 29.7 (25.5, 34.2)

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2016-2018

Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2015-2018. 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, 2016-2018
Prevalence of Self-Reported Obesity Among Non-Hispanic Black Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2016-2018
State Prevalence 95% Confidence Interval
Alabama 44.1 (42.2, 46.0)
Alaska 42.4 (30.9, 54.8)
Arizona 32.8 (28.4, 37.5)
Arkansas 45.4 (41.4, 49.5)
California 34.5 (31.3, 37.9)
Colorado 31.4 (27.4, 35.8)
Connecticut 37.0 (34.3, 39.9)
Delaware 40.1 (37.0, 43.3)
District of Columbia 37.0 (35.5, 38.6)
Florida 36.3 (33.8, 38.8)
Georgia 38.3 (36.5, 40.1)
Guam Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Hawaii 31.0 (22.8, 40.7)
Idaho Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Illinois 40.1 (37.3, 43.0)
Indiana 41.7 (38.8, 44.6)
Iowa 41.7 (35.8, 47.8)
Kansas 39.7 (36.5, 43.0)
Kentucky 39.3 (35.3, 43.5)
Louisiana 43.5 (41.1, 46.0)
Maine 28.2 (17.5, 42.2)
Maryland 39.5 (38.0, 40.9)
Massachusetts 30.9 (26.8, 35.3)
Michigan 39.9 (37.8, 42.1)
Minnesota 32.7 (29.8, 35.7)
Mississippi 46.1 (44.1, 48.1)
Missouri 41.9 (38.4, 45.5)
Montana 25.5 (13.6, 42.5)
Nebraska 41.9 (37.2, 46.8)
Nevada 34.8 (29.8, 40.0)
New Hampshire 23.1 (13.4, 36.7)
New Jersey 36.0 (32.5, 39.5)
New Mexico 27.6 (19.7, 37.2)
New York 34.1 (32.3, 36.0)
North Carolina 42.7 (40.3, 45.1)
North Dakota 23.5 (16.9, 31.6)
Ohio 37.9 (35.3, 40.6)
Oklahoma 39.8 (35.8, 43.9)
Oregon 33.8 (25.7, 43.1)
Pennsylvania 39.5 (36.5, 42.6)
Puerto Rico Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Rhode Island 33.2 (28.3, 38.6)
South Carolina 42.3 (40.7, 44.0)
South Dakota Insufficient data* Insufficient data*
Tennessee 44.7 (41.4, 48.0)
Texas 40.0 (36.4, 43.6)
Utah 30.5 (22.7, 39.6)
Vermont 24.9 (15.4, 37.7)
Virginia 41.3 (39.3, 43.3)
Washington 34.3 (30.2, 38.7)
West Virginia 43.4 (37.4, 49.6)
Wisconsin 35.3 (29.7, 41.3)
Wyoming 34.0 (20.9, 50.1)
*Sample size <50 or the relative standard error (dividing the standard error by the prevalence) ≥ 30%.

Additional Resources

Download the Adult Obesity Maps by State and Territory

The adult obesity prevalence for states and territories in 2011-2018 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format ppt icon[PPT-3.94MB]. This is also available as an Acrobat file pdf icon[PDF-2.2MB].

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 2016-2018 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format ppt icon[PPT-848KB]. This is also available as an Acrobat file pdf icon[PDF-656KB]

The state and territory adult obesity prevalence by Race/Ethnicity in 2011-2017 are depicted in a Powerpoint slide presentation format ppt icon[PPT-1.70MB]. This is also available as an Acrobat file pdf icon[PDF-3.79MB].


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 icon[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 icon[PDF-98KB].

Click on map to open or download large animated gif.

Overall Obesity prevalence maps 2011-2018

 

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

 

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

 

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