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The State of American Obesity 2021


More than half of adults in every US state had either overweight or obesity in 2020. This at-a-glance slide show reports more findings from an annual compilation of public data.

Obesity rates in 16 US states reached 35% or above in 2020 with 3 states reaching nearly 40%. Looking at the country as a whole for 2020, more than half of adults in every US state had either overweight or obesity. The combined rate of adults having overweight and obesity ranges from a "low" of 57.3% in the District of Columbia to 72.8% in Mississippi.

These figures are from the 18th annual report by Trust for America's Health on the American obesity crisis. The report draws on data from a variety of public sources including the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and the National Survey of Children's Health.

The following slides offer top-line statistics in at-a-glance format.

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