Obesity Trends (Data)

The words "pandemic" and "epidemic" have been used to describe the dramatic upward trends seen in adults and children. According to the World Health Organization, the United States has the greatest incidence of overweight persons and obesity in the world. The prevalence of obesity has increased steadily and is at epidemic levels. Results from the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), using measured heights and weights, indicate that an estimated 69 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese.

Alabama has the sixth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and the sixteenth highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17. Alabama's adult obesity rate is currently 36.2%, up from 22.6% in 2000 and from 11.2% in 1990. However, adult obesity is down slightly from 36.3% in 2017.

Page last updated: January 3, 2020