Adult overweight and obesity rates in Guam by ethnicity 2017

On the U.S. island territory of Guam around 66 percent of the white population is overweight or obese. Obesity is a growing problem across the United States. Being overweight or obese has been linked to various negative health impacts including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancers.

Obesity in the U.S.

The prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased gradually over the past few decades. As of 2018, it was estimated that around 31.7 percent of the entire U.S. population was obese. This trend has impacted youth as well as adults, with the percentage of youth aged 12 to 19 years who were obese almost doubling from the periods 1988-1994 to 2013-2016. Among those aged 2 to 19 years, obesity rates are highest among Hispanic youth.

In the states

The U.S. states with the highest percentage of the population who were overweight or obese include West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Alabama. In 2017, a shocking 72 percent of the population of West Virginia were overweight or obese. Obesity is caused by a combination of poor diet, a lack of physical exercise, and genetics. It is estimated that around a quarter of the U.S. population is physically inactive, with rates as high as 34 percent in the state of Kentucky.

Overweight and obesity rates for adults in Guam in 2017, by ethnicity

Overweight and obesity rate
Asian/Pacific Islander67.1%
American Indian/Alaska Native*-
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United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

Approximately 350,000

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Racial/ethnic groups are mutually exclusive. Percentages are weighted to reflect population characteristics.
An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
Data based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an ongoing, state-based, random-digit-dialed telephone survey of non-institutionalized civilian adults aged 18 years and older. Information about the BRFSS is available at
* Not sufficient data.
Release date represents the date figures were accessed.

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