Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adults
About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. The animated map above shows the United States obesity prevalence from 1985 through 2010 (map images from CDC).
The obesity epidemic is one of our country's most serious health problems. The rising obesity rates come with significant health consequences and cost, with more than one-quarter of health care costs now directly related to obesity. The impact of obesity is devastating, taking years off people’s lives ... and life out of those years.