September 04, 2014
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CDC: Obesity prevalance more than 20% in every state

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The CDC today released a map detailing obesity prevalence for all US states based on 2013 showing that 23 states had a prevalence between 25% and <30%, according to the map, and no state was shown to have a less than 20% prevalence in obesity.

Data in the map is based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System self-reported information from adults aged older than 18 years.

According to a press release from CDC, in 2013, state estimates of prevalence of obesity remained high from 21.3% in Colorado to 35.1% in Mississippi and West Virginia.

Seven states and the District of Columbia had an obesity prevalence between 20% and <25%; 18 had a prevalence between 30% and <35%; and two states had a prevalence of 35% or higher.

Source: Behavorial Risk Factor Surveillance Systems, CDC.

The highest prevalence of obesity was found in the South (30.2%) followed by the Midwest (30.1%), the Northeast (26.5%), and the West (24.9%).

Other data from the Behavioral Risk factor Surveillance System from 2011 to 2013 showed non-Hispanic blacks had the highest prevalence (37.6%) followed by Hispanics (30.6%) and non-Hispanic whites (26.6%).