In 2018, 9 states reported an adult obesity prevalence of ≥35%. Find out more trends from the CDCs annual Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the 2018Â Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps, which use data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to show the prevalence of self-reported obesity broken down by race, ethnicity, and location in persons agedÂ â¥18 years. The maps show key differences between populations across all US states and territories. Answer the 6 questions below to find out more about key findings.Â
Question 1. Adults with which of the above education levels had the highest self-reported obesity prevalence in 2018?
Answer: A. No high school degree or equivalent. Prevalence of obesity based on self report was highest among adults without a high school degree or equivalent (35%), followed by high school graduates (33.1%), adults with some college (33%), and adults with a college degree (24.7%).
Question 2. True or false? Adults aged 45-54 years were half as likely to have obesity as young adults aged 18-24 years in 2018.
Answer: B. False. Approximately 18% of adults aged 18-24 years self-reported having obesity vs approximately 37% of adults aged 45-54 years.
Answer: D. A and C. Obesity prevalence was highest in both West Virginia and Mississippi (39.5%) and was lowest in Colorado (23%) in 2018.
Question 4. In 2018, in which of the above states was prevalence of obesity lowest among non-Hispanic white adults?
Answer: C. District of Columbia. The District of Columbia had the lowest prevalence of non-Hispanic white adults with obesity (11.2%) in 2018. West Virginia had the highest prevalence of non-Hispanic white adults with obesity (38.5%).
Question 5. Between 2016-2018, how many states and territories had an obesity prevalence of ≥35% among non-Hispanic black adults?
Answer: D. 30 states and territories. Combined data from 2016-2018 showed 29 states and the District of Columbia had an obesity prevalence of ≥35% among non-Hispanic black adults between 2016-2018.
Question 6. Between 2016-2018, the prevalence of self-reported obesity was highest among which of the above cohorts?
Answer: A. Non-Hispanic black adults. Combined data from 2016-2018 showed non-Hispanic black adults had the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (39.1%), followed by Hispanic adults (33.3%), and non-Hispanic white adults (29.3%).