Top 10 Most Obese States in 2030: Where Does Your State Rank?

It’s pretty scary that by 2030, 13 states may have rates of adult obesity of more than 60 percent. It gets worse: Thirty-nine states may have rates of more than 50 percent, and all states may have obesity rates of more than 44 percent.

This isn’t just about weight, it’s about the life-threatening diseases that obesity makes us vulnerable to. Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis rates could multiply. Read the infographic below to see where your state, and the entire country, could be in 2030 if we don’t make a change.

The report states that if obesity rates in states rise as anticipated, the number of serious diseases suffered by Americans could soar. These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis. So where does this really leave us? If obesity is already a public health epidemic where will it be in 20 years?

#1 Mississippi

MIObesity

The report notes that Mississippi will be the most obese state by 2030.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 66.7% (rank – #1)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $6,120,000,000 (rank – #29)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 38.5% (rank – #4)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 14.2%

  • Percentage of Dining Out Budget Spent on Fast Food: 62%

  • Number of Sick People: #1

  • Number of Residents With Heart Disease: 7.4% (rank – #6)

#2 Oklahoma

OKObesity

The report states that Oklahoma will be the second most obese state by 2030.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 66.4% (rank – #2)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $7,444,000,000 (rank – #27)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 36.7% (rank – #10)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 16.2%

  • Percentage of Dining Out Budget Spent on Fast Food: 58%

  • Number of Sick People: #7

  • Number of Residents With Heart Disease: 7.6% (rank – #4)

#3 Delaware

DEObesity

The report notes that Delaware will be the third most obese state by 2030.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 64.7% (rank – #3)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $1,912,000,000 (rank – #44)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 33.5% (rank – #25)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 21.5%

  • Number of Sick People: #10

#4 Tennessee

TNObesity

The report states that Tennessee will be the fourth most obese state by 2030.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 63.4% (rank – #4)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $13,827,000,000 (rank – #15)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 38.2% (rank – #5)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 12.7%

  • Number of Sick People: #15

  • Number of Residents With Heart Disease: 6.9% (rank – #10)

#5 South Carolina

SCObesity

The report notes that South Carolina will be the fifth most obese state by 2030.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 62.9% (rank – #5)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $9,309,000,000 (rank – #25)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 36.8% (rank – #9)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 18.5%

  • Number of Sick People: #7

#6 Alabama

ALObesity

Alabama has been found to be the sixth most obese state by 2030, the report states. Birmingham, Alabama has been found to be the 4th most out of shape city in the US.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 62.6% (rank – #6)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $9,481,000,000 (rank – #23)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 40%  (rank – tied for #1)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 15.0%

  • Percentage of Dining Out Budget Spent on Fast Food: 60%

  • Number of Sick People: #9

  • Number of Residents With Heart Disease: 7.4% (rank – #5)

#7 Louisiana

LA-Obesity-Rate

The report finds that Louisiana will be the 7th most obese state by 2030. Louisiana is also home to New Orleans, found to be the 17th most out of shape city in the US.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 62.1% (rank – #7)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $9,839,000,000 (rank – #22)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 40% (rank – tied for #1)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 15.5%

  • Percentage of Dining Out Budget Spent on Fast Food: 54%

  • Number of Sick People: #2

  • Number of Residents with Heart Disease: 7.8% (rank – #3)

#8 Kansas

KSObesity

Kansas is projected to be the 7th most obese state by 2030 tied with Louisiana. One of the reasons for this is that only 16.5% of Kansans exercise regularly.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 62.1% (rank – tied for #7)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $5,979,000,000 (rank – #31)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 34.3% (rank – #22)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 16.5%

#9 Missouri

MOObesity

Missouri is projected to be the 9th most obese state by 2030. One of the reasons for this is that the state’s baby boomers are ranked #8 in the country, with 36.9% of them being obese. This will tend to continue and worsen as these people grow older.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 61.9% (rank – #9)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $13,868,000,000 (rank – #18)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 36.9% (rank – #8)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly:  17.3%

#10 Arkansas

ARObesity

Arkansas will be the 10th most obese state by 2030.  It also is ranked #13 in the number of sick people in its population.

Future Statistics

  • Adult Rates in 2030: 60.6% (rank – #10)

  • Cost Savings by 2030 If BMI Reduced 5% – $6,054,000,000 (rank – #30)

  • Obesity Ranking for Baby Boomers: 38.9% (rank – #3)

Contributing Factors

  • Percentage of People Who Exercise Regularly: 16.7%

  • Number of Sick People: #13

  • Number of Residents with Heart Disease: 7.1% (rank – #7)

 

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120 comments

Magdalena J.
Alice L.1 years ago

Thank you!

Marianne R.
Marianne R.2 years ago

Pass the Pumpkin Pie, please....

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush2 years ago

Does it appear to anyone else, that the rate of obesity and the lack of education are similar?

Araceli Mar-Podolski
Araceli Mar2 years ago

It all starts with education… when will the school system realize that "Nutrition" should be a subject as important as math and English?

leo F.
leo F.2 years ago

The people who voted against ACA are also the same people who contribute to the rise in healthcare cost and then, they are the ones who eat like crap. Seriously, I'm tired of being a nice Democrat. These blood sucking, moochers from the red state need to secede. Why can't we liberals just once, just once give these red-state zombies a piece of our _______________!

Kim D.
Kimberly D.2 years ago

Geesh - stop eating crappy fast food and nasty frozen junk from the grocery store. People need to actually think about what they are putting into their mouths for a change.

Lis T.
Elisabeth T.2 years ago

Didn't expect Delaware..thanks for the article

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert2 years ago

Also, other than Delaware, the top 10 are all red states...

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert2 years ago

I'd bet there will be changes because of Obamacare.

Steve McCrea
Steve McCrea2 years ago

Don't forget that bad medical care is part of this picture - many drugs cause or worsen obesity. In particular, the atypical antipsychotics like Abilify, Seroquel, and Risperdal are prescribed to millions of Americans, sometimes for very questionable reasons, and they make people fat, as well as inducing metabolic problems like diabetes. There are many other causes, but this is a significant one that is not often discussed, but absolutely can be changed if we start re-thinking our inadequate approach to mental health care.

--- Steve