Considerable variation exists in obesity rates among states and by race and ethnicity
America is struggling with an obesity epidemic with more than one in four people in this country considered to be obese. To see the full picture of the nation’s struggle with weight, it’s important to examine the variations in obesity rates among the states and by race and ethnicity.
Significant variations exist in both the rates of obesity and in the growth of obesity across the states. In Colorado, for example, 22 percent of the population is obese, compared to 36 percent in Mississippi, which has the highest rate of obesity in America.