New CDC data show 12 states had an adult obesity prevalence of ≥35% in 2019 compared to 9 states in 2018 and 6 states in 2017.
The maps show 12 states now have an adult obesity prevalence of ≥35% (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia) compared to 9 states in 2018 and 6 states in 2017.
Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the maps show adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location based on self-reported height and weight data.
Combined data from 2017-2019 showed notable differences by race and ethnicity as non-Hispanic black adults had the highest prevalence of self-reported obesity (39.8%), followed by Hispanic adults (33.8%), and non-Hispanic white adults (29.9%).
Also, between 2017 and 2019:
In addition to the maps, the CDC also released a summary statement on obesity and race and ethnicity in relation to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) risk. Key takeaways from the statement include: