Adult Obesity Rates Exceed 30 Percent in 12 States

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America's Health examine trends in state-by-state obesity rates and rankings.

    • August 13, 2012

A dozen states have adult obesity rates over 30 percent, according to a new analysis from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). The analysis used the state obesity rates released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7 percent.

Later this summer, RWJF and TFAH will release the 2012 edition of F as in Fat, the annual report that analyzes state obesity rates and policy efforts to address the epidemic, and provides policy recommendations to accelerate progress. For the first time, the 2012 report will include a study that forecasts 2030 obesity rates in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs. The forecast also will estimate the potential cases of chronic diseases that could be avoided and cost savings that could be achieved if states were to succeed in reducing residents’ body mass indices by 5 percent.