Percentage of obese U.S. adults by state 2018

West Virginia, Mississippi, and Oklahoma are the U.S. states with the highest percentage of their population who are obese. The states with the lowest percentage of their population who are obese include Colorado, Hawaii, and California. It is estimated that around 31 percent of the entire U.S. population is obese.

Obesity in the United States

Obesity is a growing problem in many countries around the world, but the United States has the highest rate of obesity among all OECD countries. The prevalence of obesity in the United States has risen steadily over the previous two decades with no signs of declining. Obesity in the U.S. is more common among women than men and overweight and obesity rates are higher among African Americans than any other race or ethnicity.

Causes and health impacts

Obesity is most commonly the result of a combination of poor diet, overeating, physical inactivity, and a genetic susceptibility. Obesity is associated with various negative health impacts including an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, certain types of cancer, and diabetes type 2. As of 2017, a shocking 9.4 percent of the U.S. population had been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Percentage of adults with obesity in the United States as of 2018, by state

Percentage of adults
Colorado 22.6%
District of Columbia 23%
Hawaii 23.8%
California 25.1%
Utah 25.2%
Montana 25.3%
New York 25.7%
Massachusetts 25.8%
Nevada 26.7%
Connecticut 26.9%
New Jersey 27.2%
Vermont 27.6%
Washington 27.7%
New Hampshire 28.1%
Florida 28.4%
New Mexico 28.4%
Minnesota 28.4%
Wyoming 28.8%
Maine 29.1%
Idaho 29.3%
Oregon 29.4%
Arizona 29.5%
Virginia 30%
Rhode Island 30%
Illinois 31.1%
United States 31.3%
Maryland 31.3%
Pennsylvania 31.6%
Georgia 31.6%
Delaware 31.8%
South Dakota 31.9%
Wisconsin 32%
North Carolina 32.1%
Kansas 32.3%
Michigan 32.3%
Missouri 32.5%
Nebraska 32.8%
Tennessee 32.8%
Texas 33%
North Dakota 33.1%
Indiana 33.6%
Ohio 33.8%
South Carolina 34.1%
Alaska 34.2%
Kentucky 34.3%
Arkansas 35%
Louisiana 36.2%
Alabama 36.3%
Iowa 36.4%
Oklahoma 36.5%
Mississippi 37.3%
West Virginia 38.1%
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Release date

December 2018


United States

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Supplementary notes

Percentage of adults who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher.

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