2011 State-by-State Obesity Map Now Available

November 02, 2012 by Kathy Nellor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an obesity map detailing adult obesity prevalence for all U.S. states based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data from 2011. The map shows that in 2011, no state had a prevalence of adult obesity less than 20 percent, and 12 states had a prevalence of 30 percent or more. The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), followed by the Midwest (29.0%), the Northeast (25.3%) and the West (24.3%).


Obesity is common, serious and costly

  • More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • In 2008, medical costs associated with obesity were estimated at $147 billion; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.


The above information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. If you would like more information about this topic; visit http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html


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