Special Report

The Most Obese States in America


To identify the states with the highest obesity rates, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data about the share of adults who are obese in all 50 states. The measure came from the 2021 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The share of adults who report being in poor or fair health, the share of the population leading a sedentary lifestyle, as well as the share of adults who don’t get enough sleep at night also came from the 2021 CHR. The CHR defines insufficient sleep as having less than seven hours of sleep per night on average. 

The age-adjusted percentage of the total population 20 years and over diagnosed with diabetes is for 2017, the latest year for which data is available, and also came from the 2021 CHR. 

Premature mortality includes all deaths before the age of 75 per 100,000 people. Data on premature mortality is from the 2021 CHR.

Population figures and median annual household income came from the American Community Survey 2019 5-Year Estimates.

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