Obesity/Chronic Illness

Obesity is one of the nation’s most pressing health problems and is related to the growing number of Americans living with a chronic disease such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes TFAH’s State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report found that four in ten American adults have obesity, and those rates continue to climb nationwide and within population groups.

The adult obesity rates in nineteen states rose to over 35 percent up from 16 states last year. Nationally, 41.9 percent of adults have obesity; Black adults had the highest level of adult obesity at 49.9 percent: Hispanic adults had an obesity rate of 45.6 percent; White adults had an obesity rate of 41.4 percent and Asian adults had an obesity rate 16.1 percent. A decade ago, no state had and adult obesity rate at or above 35 percent. Structural, economic, and social determinants significantly influence rates of obesity and other chronic conditions, which are often beyond personal choice.

Read TFAH’s State-by-State Obesity Fact Sheets

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Percentage of Adults with Chronic Conditions