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According to the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35% in 19 states. West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate at 40.6% and the District of Columbia has the lowest at 24.7%. Between 2020 and 2021, the adult obesity rate increased in 17 states: Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

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States have adult obesity rates exceeding 35%.
The adult obesity rate in West Virginia, which has the highest rate.
Number of states where adult obesity rates increased.

About this Data

These data come from the 2022 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). A change in methodology makes direct comparisons to data collected prior to 2011 difficult.

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