Overweight and Obesity Rates for Adults by Race/Ethnicity, 2008

Kaiser State Health Facts, 2008

[Editor’s Note: This page we are linking to shows the rates of obesity with charts for each state. Everywhere figures for blacks are available, the percentage of those who are obese is larger than that for whites.

Rates for Hispanics, American and Alaskan Indians, and Asians and Pacific Islanders are also given.

Links are available on this page to other health statistics.

Below is the chart of obesity rates for the United States:]



U.S. totals include territories.

Overweight or obese is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25.0 kg/meters squared.

Racial/ethnic groups are mutually exclusive.

Percentages are weighted to reflect population characteristics.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, 2008, unpublished data. Information about the BRFSS is available at http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/index.htm.


NSD: Not Sufficient Data.


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