Obesity Rates for States, Metro Areas

The map below shows the most recent 2011 CDC data measuring adult obesity prevalence. The CDC calculates this measure using a person's body mass index, based off a person's weight and height.

The following definitions are used to describe whether an individual is obese:

-- Healthy weight: Neither overweight nor obese
-- Overweight: Body mass index of 25-29.9
-- Obese: Body mass index of 30-99.8
-- No physical activity: Respondents reporting doing no physical activity or exercise in the past 30 days

The CDC recently changed its methodology. While the definitions remain the same, cell phone surveys are now used and the data is weighted differently to calculate the obesity rate. Agency officials told Governing 2011 data is not comparable to prior years.

Obesity Prevalence (%)
< 24% < 28% < 32% 32%+

2010 Data for Metro Areas

The CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System measures obesity and other health factors. The table below shows 2010 obesity rate estimates for each geographic region surveyed, most of which are metro areas. Click here for a complete list of communities included in the 2010 survey, along with specific counties comprising each area. Please note that these obesity rates are not comparable to 2011 estimates because the methodology has changed.