Percent of American Adults Who Are Obese

I got curious about obesity in America when we drove from Virginia to Colorado last March. Virginia’s general population was much more overweight compared to New York City’s residents. When we reached Colorado, everyone either loves exercise or never partakes in exercise. There is an obvious divide here between mountain climbers and hikers versus more overweight people who you will rarely see on the trails.

Interesting finds:

  • Out of the entire Midwest, Colorado is a bright blue, signaling a completely different type of lifestyle for most people here. The other Rocky Mountain states (NM, AZ, UT, WY, MN) have much higher levels of obesity.
  • Some of the most overweight states include those in the South and a few in the Rust Belt. It is possible that the lower levels of income in these states lead to less free time and energy at the end of the day.
  • In fact, Colorado has the lowest obesity rate of any state in the U.S. Trailing closely behind are Washington DC and Hawaii. These two runners-up may suffer from a small sample population, creating the illusion that they are also low in obesity.