Seven states now report obesity at or above 35%

New data on self-reported adult obesity indicates that seven states reported an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35% last year, up from five states in 2016. According to CDC, those seven states are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

New data on self-reported adult obesity indicates that seven states reported an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35% last year, up from five states in 2016. According to CDC, those seven states are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. The 2017 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps shows that obesity prevalence ranged from 22.6% in Colorado to 38.1% in West Virginia. The data—taken from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System—also indicates that adult obesity differs by race, ethnicity, and education, CDC said.