Most Obese States 2020

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:

Most Obese States 2020

State Obesity Rank Obesity Rate 2020 Pop.
West Virginia138.10%1,778,070
Mississippi237.30%2,989,260
Oklahoma336.50%3,954,821
Iowa436.40%3,179,849
Alabama536.30%4,908,621
Louisiana636.20%4,645,184
Arkansas735.00%3,038,999
Kentucky834.30%4,499,692
Alaska934.20%734,002
South Carolina1034.10%5,210,095
Ohio1133.80%11,747,694
Indiana1233.60%6,745,354
North Dakota1333.20%761,723
Texas1433.00%29,472,295
Nebraska1532.80%1,952,570
Tennessee1532.80%6,897,576
Missouri1732.50%6,169,270
Kansas1832.40%2,910,357
Michigan1932.30%10,045,029
North Carolina2032.10%10,611,862
Wisconsin2132.00%5,851,754
South Dakota2231.90%903,027
Delaware2331.80%982,895
Georgia2431.60%10,736,059
Pennsylvania2431.60%12,820,878
Maryland2631.30%6,083,116
Illinois2731.10%12,659,682
Virginia2830.10%8,626,207
Rhode Island2930.00%1,056,161
Arizona3029.50%7,378,494
Oregon3129.40%4,301,089
Idaho3229.30%1,826,156
Maine3329.10%1,345,790
Wyoming3428.80%567,025
Florida3528.40%21,992,985
Minnesota3528.40%5,700,671
New Mexico3528.40%2,096,640
New Hampshire3828.10%1,371,246
Washington3927.70%7,797,095
Vermont4027.60%628,061
New Jersey4127.30%8,936,574
Connecticut4226.90%3,563,077
Nevada4326.70%3,139,658
Massachusetts4425.90%6,976,597
New York4525.70%19,440,469
Montana4625.30%1,086,759
Utah4625.30%3,282,115
California4825.10%39,937,489
Hawaii4923.80%1,412,687
Colorado5022.60%5,845,526