Most Obese States 2019

Obesity is considered an epidemic in the United States. Obesity is when an adult has a BMI of 30 or greater. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 39.8% of Americans were obese in 2015-2016, approximately 93 million people.

Bodyweight is the result of several factors such as overeating, lack of physical activity, genetics, culture, and metabolism.

Obesity is linked to many health complications and diseases, such as early death, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and stroke.

There are some groups with higher obesity rates, according to the CDC. Men and women with college degrees overall had lower obesity prevalence than those who did not have a higher education. Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence of obesity, at 47.0% and 46.8%, respectively. The prevalence of obesity was highest among middle-aged adults, ages 40-59 years old, at 42.8%.

According to a 2017 report by Consumer Protect, the state with the highest obesity rate is West Virginia, with a reported 38.1% of the state being obese. West Virginia also has the highest diabetes rate in the United States. Mississippi has the second-highest obesity rate at 37.3% and also has the shortest life expectancy among all of the states at 74.7 years.

Consumer Protect also released a Couch Potato Index, which ranks the 50 states by the percentage of adults who participate in zero physical activity according to the CDC. Mississippi is second on this list, with 33.2% of adults engaging in zero physical activity. West Virginia ranks number eight on this list at 31.6%.

The least obese state in the United States is Colorado, with 22.6% of its inhabitants considered obese. This is attributed to the outdoors and activities associated with being outside, as well as better eating habits. The District of Columbia and Hawaii boasts the second and third lowest rates, at 23.0% and 23.8% respectively. Hawaii also has the highest life expectancy in the United States at 81.3 years. On the Couch Potato Index, Colorado is at the 50th position with 19.5%, the District of Columbia is at 43 with 23.0%, and Hawaii is at 42 with 23.5%.

The 10 most obese states in the United States are as follows:

State Obesity Rank Obesity Rate 2019 Pop.
West Virginia138.10%1,791,951
Mississippi237.30%2,987,895
Oklahoma336.50%3,948,950
Iowa436.40%3,167,997
Alabama536.30%4,898,246
Louisiana636.20%4,652,581
Arkansas735.00%3,026,412
Kentucky834.30%4,484,047
Alaska934.20%735,720
South Carolina1034.10%5,147,111
Ohio1133.80%11,718,568
Indiana1233.60%6,718,616
North Dakota1333.20%760,900
Texas1433.00%29,087,070
Nebraska1532.80%1,940,919
Tennessee1532.80%6,833,793
Missouri1732.50%6,147,861
Kansas1832.40%2,910,931
Michigan1932.30%10,020,472
North Carolina2032.10%10,497,741
Wisconsin2132.00%5,832,661
South Dakota2231.90%892,631
Delaware2331.80%975,033
Georgia2431.60%10,627,767
Pennsylvania2431.60%12,813,969
Maryland2631.30%6,062,917
Illinois2731.10%12,700,381
Virginia2830.10%8,571,946
Rhode Island2930.00%1,056,738
Arizona3029.50%7,275,070
Oregon3129.40%4,245,901
Idaho3229.30%1,790,182
Maine3329.10%1,342,097
Wyoming3428.80%572,381
Florida3528.40%21,646,155
Minnesota3528.40%5,655,925
New Mexico3528.40%2,096,034
New Hampshire3828.10%1,363,852
Washington3927.70%7,666,343
Vermont4027.60%627,180
New Jersey4127.30%8,922,547
Connecticut4226.90%3,567,871
Nevada4326.70%3,087,025
Massachusetts4425.90%6,939,373
New York4525.70%19,491,339
Montana4625.30%1,074,532
Utah4625.30%3,221,610
California4825.10%39,747,267
Hawaii4923.80%1,416,589
Colorado5022.60%5,770,545