Arkansas has the highest rates of adult physical inactivity in the United States with nearly 33 percent of adults reporting no activity besides their job within the last 30 days. Colorado had one of the lowest rates at some 16 percent of adults. Physical inactivity is an important risk factor in the development of obesity. Similarly to physical inactivity rates, Mississippi has one of the highest rates of obesity at 37.3 percent and Colorado had the lowest rate at around 22 percent. Prevalence rates of obesity have grown steadily among U.S. adults over 20 years of age from 19.4 percent in 1997 to over 30 percent in 2016.
A sedentary lifestyle is prevalent in about 30 percent of Hispanics but only 20 percent of Asians. Physical inactivity raises the risk of developing other diseases such as cardiovascular disease. The U.S. government recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity for adults. Children are recommended to include 60 or more minutes per day for aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities three times per week.