Obesity is common, serious and costly. The prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of U.S. adults in 2015-2016. [Read CDC National . 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).
Prevalence of overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity among adults aged 20 and over: United States, 1960–1962 through 2011–2014. National Center for Health Statistics . Obesity, a common and costly health issue that increases risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, affects more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of youth in the United States. By the numbers, 78 million adults and 12 million children are obese—figures many regard as an epidemic.
Adult Obesity in the United States. West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate at 37.7 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 22.3 percent. The adult obesity rate decreased in Kansas between 2015 and 2016, increased in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and West Virginia, and remained stable in the rest of states. Adult Obesity in the U.S. The latest data indicate that 39.6 percent of U.S. adults are obese. (Another 31.6 percent are overweight and 7.7 percent are severely obese.) In general, rates of obesity are higher for Black and Hispanic women, for Hispanic men, in the South and Midwest, in nonmetropolitan counties, and tend to increase with age.
States with an adult obesity prevalence rate of more than 25%: Kuczmarski, R.J., and Johnson, C.L. Overweight and Obesity in the United States: Prevalence and Trends, 1960-1994. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders; 1998. 15 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In US adults, 1960–1994 trends showed that while levels of overweight hovered at approximately 31% over the time period, in contrast, age-adjusted obesity jumped from 13 to 23%, bringing the crude prevalence of overweight or obesity to 55% of the American population.Cited by: 422.