The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that no state has an obesity rate less than 20%, as of 2015. In 21 states and some territories, obesity rates were between 30% and 35%, while 4 states had obesity rates greater than 35%.
- American maps of self reported obesity among adults show the highest reported rates in southern states, followed by midwestern states.
- Among Non-Hispanic White adults, the highest rates (>35%) of self-reported obesity in the United States appeared in West Virginia.
- For Non-Hispanic Black Adults, the distinction is less clear, with more than half of the States reporting greater than 35% rates of obesity. For this population, all states east of the Mississippi river show an obesity rate greater than 35% except for New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
To see how your state fares in comparison to the rest of the country, check out the CDC Obesity Prevalence Maps for yourself.