Guam and all other U.S. territories and states have self-reported adult obesity rates of 20% or more, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The highest rates of obesity were reported in nine mostly southern states where 35% or more of the adults participating in the survey reported being obese. Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia.
Guam and 17 states reported obesity rates of between 25% and 30%.
• All states and territories had more than 20% of adults with obesity.
• 20% to less than 25% of adults had obesity in two states (Colorado and Hawaii) and the District of Columbia.
• 25% to less than 30% of adults had obesity in 17 states and Guam.
• 30% to less than 35% of adults had obesity in 22 states and Puerto Rico.
• 35% or more adults had obesity in nine states (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and West Virginia).
• The South (33.6%) and the Midwest (33.1%) had the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by the Northeast (28.0%), and the West (26.9%).
The results were gathered by the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance, an ongoing state-based, telephone interview survey conducted by CDC and state health departments.