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Weight Bias

Fast Facts: How Fat Are We?

How Fat Are We?

Nationwide (in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia) 63.1 percent of adults are considered overweight or obese (36.2 percent are overweight; 26.9 percent are obese). Compared to about 15 years ago, America has put on a lot of weight. In 1995, fewer than 16 percent of Americans were obese (vs 26.9 percent in 2009), and almost half of all Americans (47.9 percent) were considered neither overweight nor obese.

Minnesota is about average compared to the rest of the nation in terms of the number of people who are considered overweight or obese.

In Minnesota, 63.3 percent of adults are overweight or obese (37.9 percent are overweight, 25.4 percent are obese). In other words, Minnesota is about average compared to the rest of the nation in terms of the number of people who are considered overweight or obese.

Like other Americans, Minnesotans have gotten significantly heavier in recent years. In 1995, about half of all Minnesota adults were considered overweight or obese and only 15.3 percent were considered obese, vs the current 25.4 percent obesity rate.

The state with the greatest percentage of people who are either overweight or obese is Mississippi (34.9 percent are overweight; 35.4 percent are obese). The state with the least percentage of people who are overweight or obese is Colorado (36.7 percent are overweight; 19 percent are obese) although the District of Columbia has even fewer people considered obese or overweight.

Note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines overweight as having a BMI or Body Mass Index of 25.0 to 29.9; a BMI of 30.0 or greater is considered obese.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009 statistics