Special Report

The Most Obese County in Every State

Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. Obesity is measured as a function of the body mass index, a ratio of height to weight. A person with a body mass of 30 or greater — weighing at least 203 pounds and standing at five feet and nine inches, for example — qualifies as obese. Obesity can increase the risk of a number of serious and often deadly diseases and conditions, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28.3% of Americans age 18 and older are obese. Obesity is a complex health concern with a wide range of causes that can include community and environment. Partially as a result, obesity rates can range considerably from one state to the next and even between counties of the same state.

In Colorado, just 21.3% of adults are obese, the smallest share of any state in the country. Even in Colorado’s most overweight county, the obesity rate of 27.6% is below the national obesity rate. On the other end of the spectrum, in Mississippi — a state with a nation-leading 35.1% obesity rate — the adult obesity rate is nearly 50% in some counties.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed county-level health data from the CDC to identify the most obese county in every state.

Click here to see the most obese county in every state.
Click here to see our detailed findings and methodology.