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States where obesity is on the rise

  • States where obesity is on the rise

    It’s no secret that the United States struggles with an obesity epidemic. In 2017, America had the largest total number of obese adults in the world, with slightly more than a third of the adult population—73,872,022 individuals over the age of 18—having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. This is especially troubling when considering that China, the nation which ranks second (at 65,706,627 obese individuals) has more than four times as many adults as the United States.

    A New Year’s resolution many Americans make is to take charge of their health. Millions each year end their holiday seasons by cutting calories, hitting the gym and making other positive changes. For some, however, a handful of conditions have made it difficult to stop gaining weight, not least of which is the set of nutritional conditions within their environments.

    Stacker looked at data from the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in order to rank the states where people are gaining the most weight, and assess which communities may be suffering from overly sedentary lifestyles and a lack of access to healthy food. The states are ranked according to their respective 10-year changes in obesity rates from 2006 to 2016, listed with their current obesity rate (percent of individuals with a BMI of 30+) as well as their current overweight rate (percent of individuals with a BMI of 25+).

    Read on to see if obesity is getting worse in your home state.

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  • #51. District of Columbia

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +0.44%
    Current obesity rate: 22.60%
    Current overweight rate: 30.80%

  • #50. Nevada

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +3.20%
    Current obesity rate: 25.80%
    Current overweight rate: 36.50%

  • #49. California

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +7.30%
    Current obesity rate: 25.00%
    Current overweight rate: 36.00%

  • #48. South Carolina

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +9.86%
    Current obesity rate: 32.30%
    Current overweight rate: 35.10%

  • #47. Ohio

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +10.92%
    Current obesity rate: 31.50%
    Current overweight rate: 34.80%

  • #46. New York

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +11.35%
    Current obesity rate: 25.50%
    Current overweight rate: 35.30%

  • #45. Minnesota

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +12.55%
    Current obesity rate: 27.80%
    Current overweight rate: 37.00%

  • #44. Michigan

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +12.85%
    Current obesity rate: 32.50%
    Current overweight rate: 35.00%

  • #43. Idaho

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +13.69%
    Current obesity rate: 27.40%
    Current overweight rate: 37.10%

  • #42. Oklahoma

    Total 10-year change in obesity rate: +13.89%
    Current obesity rate: 32.80%
    Current overweight rate: 36.00%