Special Report

Most Obese States in the US

Methodology

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 2022 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 2022 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 also came from the 2021 CHR.

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