Putting on pandemic pounds: State obesity rates hit all-time highs

As recently as 2012, no state had an adult obesity rate above 35 percent. Now 16 states do.

By: - September 15, 2021 1:28 pm
Obesity map of U.S.

This is a map recording the prevalence of self-reported obesity among U.S. adults by state since 2011. The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Courtesy of the CDC)

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes the Idaho Capital Sun. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.