Latest State Data Show Rates of Obesity Remain High
Obesity prevalence 30 percent or higher in 12 states
Obesity has become a problem in every state, according to data analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No state reported that less than 20 percent of adults were obese in 2010, which means that no state met the national Healthy People 2010 goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent within the past decade, CDC researchers say.
The data also show 30 percent or more of adults in 12 states were obese, compared to no states with that level of obesity in 2000, and nine states in 2009. The new data and updated national obesity trends map was released today online at http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html.
The data come from the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based phone survey that collects health information from approximately 400,000 adults aged 18 and over.
"State obesity rates are still high," said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "Some of the leading causes of death are obesity-related – heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. We must continue our efforts to reverse this epidemic."
The nine states in 2009 that reported an obesity rate of 30 percent or more are: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia. In 2010, three more states reported an obesity rate of 30 percent or more: Michigan, South Carolina, and Texas.
The BRFSS data highlight how obesity impacts some regions more than others. The South had the highest rate, at 29.4 percent, while the Midwest had an obesity rate of 28.7 percent, the Northeast had a rate of 24.9 percent; and the West had a rate of 24.1 percent.