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Share of elderly U.S. adults who were obese 2013-2019

28.5 percent of those aged 65 and older in the U.S. were obese in 2019. This is an increase of just over three percent compared to six years earlier in 2013.

Leading overweight and obesity states

In Mississippi, over 73 percent of adults were reported to be either overweight or obese in 2018. The top ten list included states, such as Alabama in fifth and Texas in eighth place. Roughly seven out of ten adults were overweight or obese in each one of the ten states that year.

Other health risks in the United States

In 2019, just under nine percent of American adults aged 65 or older smoked cigarettes. Between 2013 and 2019, this percentage has remained quite stable, only fluctuating by a fifth of a percent. Another health risk analyzed over the past six years was the act of falling within the span of one year. It was estimated that roughly one percent more elderly American adults fell in 2018 and 2019 than in 2014 and 2015.

Percentage of adults aged 65 years or older in the U.S. who were obese from 2013 to 2019

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Release date

May 2019


United States

Survey time period

2013 to 2019

Age group

65 years and older

Supplementary notes

Figures from 2013 to 2018 were taken from previous reports.

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