Obesity and Overweight for Professionals: Data and Statistics: U.S. Obesity Trends | DNPAO | CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html[1/16/2011 11:33:35 PM]
U.S. Obesity Trends
Trends by State 1985–2009
Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 orgreater. BMI is calculated from a person's weight andheight and provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to healthproblems. Obesity is a major risk factor forcardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type2 diabetes.During the past 20 years there has been a dramaticincrease in obesity in the United States. In 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalenceof obesity less than 20%.Thirty-three states had aprevalence equal to orgreater than 25%; nine of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky,Louisiana, Mississippi,Missouri, Oklahoma,Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalenceof obesity equal to orgreater than 30%.The animated map below shows the United Statesobesity prevalence from1985 through 2009.
Percent of Obese (BMI> 30) in U.S. Adults<previous
The prevalence of obesity is depicted in a
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