The Obesity Struggle Continues
Obesity remains a serious health problem for adults in the United States, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its latest report from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
The analysis of state obesity rates for 2016 shows that the South has the highest prevalence of obesity (32.0 percent), but more than 1 in 5 adults in every U.S. state is obese. The obesity rate in the is 31.4 percent in the Midwest, 26.9 percent in the Northeast, and 26.0 percent in the West. West Virginia has the highest obesity rate – 37.7 percent – and Colorado the lowest – 22.3 percent.
Five states, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia, have adult obesity rates higher than 35 percent, according to the CDC. Obesity increases the risk for a number of medical problems, has a negative effect on worker productivity, and increases health care costs. Here are the latest Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps from the CDC.