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United States
Obesity
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Obesity continues to be a serious issue in America, growing at an epidemic rate – almost tripling since 1990. In fact, about every 1 in 3 adults is currently considered obese. It contributes to a variety of issues including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and general poor health. It’s crucial that we take steps to reverse this serious trend.

Obesity is the percentage of the adult population estimated to be obese, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. BMI, as defined by CDC, is equal to your weight in pounds divided by your height in inches squared and then multiplied by 703. CDC has a calculator for BMI at http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm. The ranks are based on self-reported weight and height from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Obesity is known to contribute to a variety of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, certain cancers and general poor health (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/). The medical care costs for treating obesity and obesity-related health issues are overwhelming (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/causes/economics.html). In 2008, it was estimated that $147 billion dollars was spent on obesity-related direct and indirect medical care costs.

USA Obesity (1990-2013) see more
  • Percentage of the population estimated to be obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.
  • Percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher. (2011 BRFSS Methodology)

The measures tracked by America's Health Rankings are those actions that can affect the future health of the population. For a state to improve the health of its population, efforts must focus on these measures, these determinants of health.

STATE RANKINGS

State Changes
Over Time
Rank Value Take Action
Alabama graph 49 33.0 View Actions
Alaska graph 13 25.2 View Actions
Arizona graph 10 24.7 View Actions
Arkansas graph 39 30.9 View Actions
California graph 10 24.7 View Actions
Colorado graph 1 21.4 View Actions
Connecticut graph 2 23.0 View Actions
Delaware graph 31 28.7 View Actions
Florida graph 23 27.2 View Actions
Georgia graph 38 30.4 View Actions
Hawaii graph 4 23.1 View Actions
Idaho graph 21 26.9 View Actions
Illinois graph 31 28.7 View Actions
Indiana graph 37 30.2 View Actions
Iowa graph 33 29.1 View Actions
Kansas graph 36 30.1 View Actions
Kentucky graph 46 31.8 View Actions
Louisiana graph 42 31.7 View Actions
Maine graph 24 27.4 View Actions
Maryland graph 28 27.9 View Actions
Massachusetts graph 7 23.6 View Actions
Michigan graph 42 31.7 View Actions
Minnesota graph 14 25.4 View Actions
Mississippi graph 50 34.5 View Actions
Missouri graph 41 31.4 View Actions
Montana graph 6 23.5 View Actions
Nebraska graph 25 27.5 View Actions
Nevada graph 4 23.1 View Actions
New Hampshire graph 15 25.5 View Actions
New Jersey graph 12 24.8 View Actions
New Mexico graph 16 25.6 View Actions
New York graph 9 24.5 View Actions
North Carolina graph 30 28.6 View Actions
North Dakota graph 28 27.9 View Actions
Ohio graph 35 29.7 View Actions
Oklahoma graph 40 31.3 View Actions
Oregon graph 26 27.6 View Actions
Pennsylvania graph 34 29.2 View Actions
Rhode Island graph 18 26.0 View Actions
South Carolina graph 47 32.0 View Actions
South Dakota graph 27 27.7 View Actions
Tennessee graph 42 31.7 View Actions
Texas graph 42 31.7 View Actions
Utah graph 2 23.0 View Actions
Vermont graph 8 23.9 View Actions
Virginia graph 20 26.4 View Actions
Washington graph 19 26.2 View Actions
West Virginia graph 48 32.9 View Actions
Wisconsin graph 21 26.9 View Actions
Wyoming graph 17 25.7 View Actions
  • 1990 - 2013
    Annual Report
  • 2013
    Senior Report

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