Obesity is a condition characterized by the presence of excess body fat. A person who is obese has a body mass index (BMI) of over 30.
The United States currently ranks as the most obese high-income country in the world.1 19 out of 50 U.S. states have obesity rates over 35 percent as of 2022.2
Obesity puts you at risk for multiple chronic conditionsÑsuch as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. But it can be treated and prevented with weight management.
One way to reduce your calorie intake and lose weight is to eat more fruits and vegetables.3 Regular exercise can enhance the effects of a calorie-restricted diet.4
For country-level statistics, read our Obesity Statistics in the United States.
California Obesity Statistics Overview
Here are some key statistics about Obesity in California:
- 19.2% of California adults were obese in 2012
- By 2021, the rate of obesity among CaliforniaÕs adult population was 27.6%
- The trend of obesity in California adults has been steadily increasing over the past decade, with the percentage of adults with obesity rising from 19.2% in 2012 to 30.3% in 2020. In 2021, the percentage of adults with obesity decreased slightly to 27.6%.
California Eating Habits Statistics
- In 2021, 36.2% of CaliforniaÕs adult population reported eating less than one serving of fruit per day
- The percentage of adults in California who consume less than 1 serving of fruit daily has remained at 36.2% from 2019 to 2021. (lower is better)
- 22.5 of adults in California said they ate less than one serving of vegetable daily in 2021
- California's percentage of adults who consume less than 1 serving of vegetables daily has fluctuated between 21.4% and 23.9% over the past four years. (lower is better)
California Physical Activity Statistics
- As much as 20.1% of California adults said they did not engage in any physical activity in 2021
- In California, the percentage of adults who engage in no physical activity has gone up from 20% in 2017 to 21.2% in 2020 and 20.1% in 2021. (lower is better)
- In 2019, 55% of adults in California were getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week
- In California, the percentage of adults getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week has gone up from 56.3% in 2013 to 57.5% in 2015, but has since gone down to 55% in 2019. (higher is better)
- It is estimated that 33.7% of CaliforniaÕs adults were doing lifts at least twice a week in 2019
- The percentage of adults in California lifting twice per week has gone up from 33% in 2015 to 33.7% in 2019. (higher is better)
Rate of Obesity in California Adults from 2012 to 2021
Fruit Consumption Among California Adults from 2017 to 2021
Vegetable Consumption Among California Adults from 2017 to 2021
Percentage of California Adults With No Physical Activity from 2017 to 2021
Percentage of California Adults With 150 Minutes of Moderate Physical Activity Per Week from 2013 to 2019
Percentage of California Adults Who Perform Lifts Two Times Weekly from 2013 to 2019
Why Obesity Is A Problem
People who are obeseÑwhen compared to people with normal weightÑhave a higher risk for many serious diseases and health conditions.
Studies show obesity increases your risk for the following:5,6
- Breathing problems (e.g., sleep apnea)
- Coronary heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High LDL cholesterol
- Some types of cancer
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Obesity also reduces your quality of life. YouÕre more likely to experience mental health problems, body pain, and difficulty functioning in your daily life.7,8,9
Why Eating Fruits & Vegetables Matters
Decreasing your calorie intake is an important step when youÕre trying to lose weight. However, this doesnÕt mean you have to eat less.
Eating more fruits and vegetables allow you to decrease your calorie intake without depriving yourself. This is because they are rich in fiber and water.3
Fruits and vegetables can make you feel full without the calories. They can also provide you with other essential nutrients for maintaining good health.
The recommended dietary intake for American adults is 1.5 to 2.5 cups of fruit per day and 2.5 to 3.5 cups of vegetables per day.10,11
How Regular Exercise Helps
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends 150 to 300 minutes of moderate activity per week and at least two days of muscle-strengthening activities.12
While exercising contributes to good health, exercise alone has very little effect on a personÕs weight.13
Studies show you have to exercise for more than the recommended 150 minutes weekly to lose and maintain a healthy weight.13
If you want to lose weight more efficiently, most experts recommend combining exercise with a calorie-restricted diet and a healthy lifestyle.4