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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.

According to 2020 data, Alabama's rate of adult obesity is 39%, which places the state in the third highest position in the nation. Alabama's adult obesity rate is up from 36.1% in 2019 and up from 22.6% in 2000.

The rate of obesity for youth in Alabama is 17.2% (high school students).

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Page last updated: January 5, 2022