Obesity Rate by State

If a person is obese, it means that they have a body mass index (BMI) that is 30 or greater, and it is caused by consuming more calories than one burns every day over an extended duration of time. Obesity reduces a person’s overall quality of life, life expectancy, and it increases a person’s likelihood of experiencing a host of serious diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes. Although being obese exposes a person to a host of potential diseases and a shortened life, certain movements such as the body positivity movement seek to affirm people being overweight so they can live fulfilled and long lives, rather than attempting to encourage them to correct for it. 

The body mass index ranges from 18.5 to 30. Anything lower than 18.5 means that a person is underweight, while anything over 30 means that a person is obese, or extremely overweight. Moreover, a healthy or optimal BMI is different for men and women, and within those two groups, it varies from individual to individual based on that person’s height. Generally speaking, however, a healthy BMI ranges anywhere from 18.5—24.9, according to the CDC.  

Scroll the charts to learn more about the obesity rate by state. 

Adult Obesity Rate by State

Alabama

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39%

#1 in the US

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12.9%

#3 in the US

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85.05

#1 in the US

Alaska

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31.9%

#26 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.4%

#40 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.91

#24 in the US

Arizona

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30.9%

#31 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.7%

#19 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

81.05

#35 in the US

Arkansas

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36.4%

#5 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

11.7%

#7 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.68

#25 in the US

California

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30.3%

#32 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.2%

#20 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

79.37

#43 in the US

Colorado

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24.2%

#48 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.1%

#41 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

79.51

#44 in the US

Connecticut

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29.2%

#37 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

8.2%

#33 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

80.48

#38 in the US

Delaware

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36.5%

#6 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

10.5%

#13 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.31

#26 in the US

District of Columbia

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24.3%

#49 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

8.3%

#34 in the US

Florida

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28.4%

#39 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.5%

#21 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

80.97

#39 in the US

Georgia

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34.3%

#17 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

10.7%

#14 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

83.24

#17 in the US

Hawaii

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24.5%

#50 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.5%

#22 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

76.06

#50 in the US

Idaho

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31.1%

#27 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.9%

#42 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

83.44

#18 in the US

Illinois

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32.4%

#23 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.3%

#23 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.54

#27 in the US

Indiana

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36.8%

#7 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

10.5%

#15 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.42

#6 in the US

Iowa

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36.5%

#8 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9%

#24 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

85.89

#2 in the US

Kansas

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35.3%

#12 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

10%

#16 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.33

#7 in the US

Kentucky

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36.6%

#9 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

11.4%

#8 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

85.29

#3 in the US

Louisiana

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38.1%

#4 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

12.7%

#4 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.23

#8 in the US

Maine

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31%

#28 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

8.3%

#35 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

80.79

#40 in the US

Maryland

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31%

#29 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.1%

#25 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.19

#28 in the US

Massachusetts

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24.4%

#51 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.7%

#43 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

78.7

#49 in the US

Michigan

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35.2%

#13 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

10.6%

#17 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

83.22

#19 in the US

Minnesota

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30.7%

#33 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.8%

#44 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

83.56

#20 in the US

Mississippi

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39.7%

#2 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

13.1%

#1 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

85.11

#4 in the US

Missouri

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34%

#18 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.4%

#26 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.37

#9 in the US

Montana

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28.5%

#40 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.8%

#45 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.94

#29 in the US

Nebraska

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34%

#19 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

8.9%

#36 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.51

#10 in the US

Nevada

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28.7%

#41 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.7%

#27 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.07

#30 in the US

New Hampshire

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29.9%

#38 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.5%

#46 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

80.86

#41 in the US

New Jersey

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27.7%

#45 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

8.6%

#37 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

80.15

#42 in the US

New Mexico

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30.9%

#34 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

11%

#9 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

79.04

#45 in the US

New York

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26.3%

#46 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.1%

#28 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

79.43

#46 in the US

North Carolina

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33.6%

#20 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

11%

#10 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.88

#31 in the US

North Dakota

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33.1%

#21 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.3%

#29 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.34

#11 in the US

Ohio

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35.5%

#14 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

10.9%

#18 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.94

#12 in the US

Oklahoma

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36.4%

#10 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

11.9%

#11 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.16

#13 in the US

Oregon

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28.1%

#42 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

8.4%

#38 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.03

#32 in the US

Pennsylvania

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31.5%

#30 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.8%

#30 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

83.32

#21 in the US

Rhode Island

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30.1%

#35 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9%

#31 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

79.52

#47 in the US

South Carolina

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36.2%

#11 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

11.9%

#12 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

83.56

#22 in the US

South Dakota

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33.2%

#22 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7%

#47 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.61

#14 in the US

Tennessee

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35.6%

#15 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

12.5%

#5 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.61

#15 in the US

Texas

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35.8%

#16 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

12.1%

#6 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

83.09

#23 in the US

Utah

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28.6%

#43 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

8.5%

#39 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.57

#33 in the US

Vermont

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26.3%

#47 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

6.7%

#51 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

79.88

#48 in the US

Virginia

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32.2%

#24 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

9.8%

#32 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

82.61

#34 in the US

Washington

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28%

#44 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.9%

#48 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

81.72

#36 in the US

West Virginia

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39.1%

#3 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

13.1%

#2 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

85.2

#5 in the US

Wisconsin

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32.3%

#25 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.6%

#49 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

84.18

#16 in the US

Wyoming

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30.7%

#36 in the US

DIABETES PREVALENCEhelp

7.5%

#50 in the US

AVERAGE WEIGHThelp

81.4

#37 in the US

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0%

#52 in the US

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#52 in the US