Adult overweight and obesity rates in Puerto Rico by ethnicity 2017

In 2017, it was determined that among U.S. adults living in Puerto Rico, Hispanic adults had the highest overweight and obesity rate. U.S. Hispanic populations have higher rates of select obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and liver disease than U.S. non-Hispanic white populations. Among all U.S. ethnicities, Hispanics had one of the highest obesity rates in 2017.


The mean target body mass index among all people is said to be around 18.5 to 24.9 with anything over this number being considered overweight or obese. Among all OECD countries, Mexico, followed by the United States, had the highest rates of obesity and overweightness in 2015. Several diseases may occur as a result of being overweight or obese. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke are some of the common diseases that are caused by or worsened by weight gain and obesity.

Obesity-related Hispanic health

Diabetes is a prevalent health issue among the Hispanic community. Diabetes is among the top 5 leading causes of death among Hispanics in the U.S. Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to die from diabetes than white U.S. residents. Despite having a high rate of overweight and obese adults, Puerto Rico has the lowest percentage among all U.S. states of adults that had ever been diagnosed with a stroke. Recent reports indicate that U.S. Hispanics also had a similar rate of cardiovascular disease to U.S. white adults.

Overweight and obesity rates for adults in Puerto Rico in 2017, by ethnicity

Overweight and obesity rate
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Release date



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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