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States with the highest rates of obesity

  • States with the highest rates of obesity
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    States with the highest rates of obesity

    To describe fast food’s effects on America’s obesity rate as anything less than an epidemic would be an understatement. According to a 2016 survey by Statista, only 15% of Americans report never eating at fast food restaurants. More than 50% admitted to eating fast food at least once a week, however. More troubling is the fact that 14% of respondents claim to eat fast food four to six times a week and an additional 6% admit to going a minimum of seven times a week.

    While this undoubtedly has a great deal to do with the fact that America is one of the world’s most obese nations, there are additional factors contributing to the nation’s ailing physical health. Access to public transportation and regular physical activity, as well as access to healthier foods, are all facets which vary widely across the nation.

    Stacker referenced data from the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network in order to rank the states with the highest rates of obesity. The numbers are taken from 2016 and measured according to the percentage of individuals with a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or greater.

    Read on to see if your state is among the most obese in the nation.

    ALSO: Snacks and other food items banned in the U.S. 

  • #51. Colorado
    2/ Larry Johnson // Flickr

    #51. Colorado

    2016 obesity rate: 22.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.8%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 17.8%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.2%

  • #50. District of Columbia
    3/ Nicolas Raymond // Flickr

    #50. District of Columbia

    2016 obesity rate: 22.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 30.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.1%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 34.2%

  • #49. Massachusetts
    4/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #49. Massachusetts

    2016 obesity rate: 23.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 34.0%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 31.9%

  • #48. Hawaii
    5/ Anthony Quintano // Flickr

    #48. Hawaii

    2016 obesity rate: 23.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.4%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 29.4%

  • #47. California
    6/ Glen Bowman // Flickr

    #47. California

    2016 obesity rate: 25.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.8%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 18.8%

  • #46. Utah
    7/ Garrett // Wikimedia Commons

    #46. Utah

    2016 obesity rate: 25.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.6%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 20.0%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 29.5%

  • #45. Montana
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    #45. Montana

    2016 obesity rate: 25.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 21.8%

  • #44. New York
    9/ Andrés Nieto Porras // Flickr

    #44. New York

    2016 obesity rate: 25.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.4%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.4%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.2%

  • #43. Nevada
    10/ IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

    #43. Nevada

    2016 obesity rate: 25.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 36.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.2%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.5%

  • #42. Connecticut
    11/ JJBers // Flickr

    #42. Connecticut

    2016 obesity rate: 26.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.90%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 31.9%

  • #41. New Hampshire
    12/ John Phelan // Wikimedia Commons

    #41. New Hampshire

    2016 obesity rate: 26.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.90%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 33.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 17.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 25.3%

  • #40. Rhode Island
    13/ Will Hart // Wikimedia Commons

    #40. Rhode Island

    2016 obesity rate: 26.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.10%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.6%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 23.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.8%

  • #39. Vermont
    14/ Bob P. B. // Flickr

    #39. Vermont

    2016 obesity rate: 27.10%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 33.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 17.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 20.3%

  • #38. New Jersey
    15/ King of Hearts // Wikimedia Commons

    #38. New Jersey

    2016 obesity rate: 27.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.1%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.7%

  • #37. Florida
    16/ Tobias Scheck // Flickr

    #37. Florida

    2016 obesity rate: 27.40%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.0%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 20.0%

  • #36. Idaho
    17/ Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce // Flickr

    #36. Idaho

    2016 obesity rate: 27.40%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.10%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.4%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 19.4%

  • #35. Wyoming
    18/ Michel Rathwell // Flickr

    #35. Wyoming

    2016 obesity rate: 27.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.8%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.2%

  • #34. Minnesota
    19/ Doug Kerr // Wikimedia Commons

    #34. Minnesota

    2016 obesity rate: 27.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.4%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.1%

  • #33. New Mexico
    20/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #33. New Mexico

    2016 obesity rate: 28.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.60%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 43.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.6%

  • #32. Washington
    21/ Lonni Besançon // Flickr

    #32. Washington

    2016 obesity rate: 28.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 36.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 16.9%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 19.0%

  • #31. Oregon
    22/ M.O. Stevens // Wikimedia Commons

    #31. Oregon

    2016 obesity rate: 28.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.90%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 36.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 16.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.0%

  • #30. Arizona
    23/ Melikamp // Wikicommons

    #30. Arizona

    2016 obesity rate: 29.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.20%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.7%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 20.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.5%

  • #29. Virginia
    24/ Jim // Wikimedia Commons

    #29. Virginia

    2016 obesity rate: 29.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 40.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 25.1%

  • #28. South Dakota
    25/ Jon Platek // Wikicommons

    #28. South Dakota

    2016 obesity rate: 29.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 42.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 26.1%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.7%

  • #27. Maine
    26/ Ken Lund // Flickr

    #27. Maine

    2016 obesity rate: 29.90%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 35.2%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.3%

  • #26. Maryland
    27/ Joe Wolf // Flickr

    #26. Maryland

    2016 obesity rate: 29.90%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 36.0%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 32.5%

  • #25. Pennsylvania
    28/ Jordan // Flickr

    #25. Pennsylvania

    2016 obesity rate: 30.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.10%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.2%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 33.2%

  • #24. Delaware
    29/ likeaduck // Flickr

    #24. Delaware

    2016 obesity rate: 30.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 37.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 38.2%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 20.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.0%

  • #23. Wisconsin
    30/ Miwdke // Wikimedia Commons

    #23. Wisconsin

    2016 obesity rate: 30.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 37.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.0%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 21.6%

  • #22. Kansas
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    #22. Kansas

    2016 obesity rate: 31.20%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.60%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 43.7%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 21.2%

  • #21. Alaska
    32/ Frank K. // Wikicommons

    #21. Alaska

    2016 obesity rate: 31.40%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.0%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 18.9%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 17.9%

  • #20. Georgia
    33/ Reinhard Kraasch // Wikimedia Commons

    #20. Georgia

    2016 obesity rate: 31.40%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.40%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 44.8%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 23.5%

  • #19. Ohio
    34/ Chris Gent // Wikimedia Commons

    #19. Ohio

    2016 obesity rate: 31.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 42.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.2%

  • #18. Illinois
    35/ Tony Webster // Flickr

    #18. Illinois

    2016 obesity rate: 31.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.40%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 38.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.2%

  • #17. Missouri
    36/ Sam valadi // Flickr

    #17. Missouri

    2016 obesity rate: 31.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.60%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 44.4%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 23.3%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 25.5%

  • #16. North Carolina
    37/ John Ashley // Flickr

    #16. North Carolina

    2016 obesity rate: 31.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 43.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 21.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.6%

  • #15. North Dakota
    38/ Ron Reiring // Wikicommons

    #15. North Dakota

    2016 obesity rate: 31.90%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.20%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 40.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 27.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 29.3%

  • #14. Iowa
    39/ JoshWest.com // Flickr

    #14. Iowa

    2016 obesity rate: 32.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.7%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 26.9%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 22.5%

  • #13. Nebraska
    40/ Pat Hawks // Flickr

    #13. Nebraska

    2016 obesity rate: 32.00%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.60%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 41.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.0%

  • #12. South Carolina
    41/ Khanrak // Wikimedia Commons

    #12. South Carolina

    2016 obesity rate: 32.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.10%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 47.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 25.4%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 28.1%

  • #11. Indiana
    42/ Jasssmit // Wikimedia Commons

    #11. Indiana

    2016 obesity rate: 32.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 42.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 26.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 27.3%

  • #10. Michigan
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    #10. Michigan

    2016 obesity rate: 32.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 35.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 39.7%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.7%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.8%

  • #9. Oklahoma
    44/ Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau // Wikimedia Commons

    #9. Oklahoma

    2016 obesity rate: 32.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 36.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 51.1%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.8%

  • #8. Texas
    45/ IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

    #8. Texas

    2016 obesity rate: 33.60%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 42.5%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 19.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 30.4%

  • #7. Kentucky
    46/ OPMaster // Wikimedia Commons

    #7. Kentucky

    2016 obesity rate: 34.20%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.90%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 46.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 24.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.8%

  • #6. Tennessee
    47/ Kaldari // Wikimedia Commons

    #6. Tennessee

    2016 obesity rate: 34.80%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 45.2%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 22.6%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 21.5%

  • #5. Louisiana
    48/ Antrell Williams // Flickr

    #5. Louisiana

    2016 obesity rate: 35.50%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.70%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 50.4%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 31.0%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 29.4%

  • #4. Alabama
    49/ IIP Photo Archive // Flickr

    #4. Alabama

    2016 obesity rate: 35.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.80%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 48.3%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 27.8%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 24.7%

  • #3. Arkansas
    50/ Bruce W. Stracener // Wikimedia Commons

    #3. Arkansas

    2016 obesity rate: 35.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 32.50%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 49.6%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 28.1%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 36.8%

  • #2. Mississippi
    51/ NatalieMaynor // Flickr

    #2. Mississippi

    2016 obesity rate: 37.30%
    2016 overweight rate: 34.00%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 51.2%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 31.2%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 26.5%

  • #1. West Virginia
    52/ Tim Kiser // Wikicommons

    #1. West Virginia

    2016 obesity rate: 37.70%
    2016 overweight rate: 33.30%
    Percent of adults who don't eat fruit every day: 49.9%
    Percent of adults who don't eat vegetables every day: 26.5%
    Percent of adults who don't exercise: 30.8%

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