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Obesity Statistics in the United States (2024)
Updated on January 31, 2024
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Obesity Statistics in the United States (2024)
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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.

Alabama Obesity Statistics Overview 

Here are some key statistics about Obesity in Alabama:

  • 33% of Alabama adults were obese in 2012
  • By 2021, the rate of obesity among AlabamaÕs adult population was 39.9%
  • The trend of obesity in Alabama has been steadily increasing over the past decade, with the percentage of adults with obesity rising from 33% in 2012 to 39.9% in 2021.

Alabama Eating Habits Statistics

  • In 2021, 45.9% of AlabamaÕs adult population reported eating less than one serving of fruit per day
  • The percentage of adults in Alabama who consume less than 1 serving of fruit daily has remained relatively consistent, ranging from 44.9% in 2017 to 46.1% in 2019 and 45.9% in 2021. (lower is better)
  • 20.6 of adults in Alabama said they ate less than one serving of vegetable daily in 2021
  • Alabama's percentage of adults who consume less than 1 serving of vegetables daily has fluctuated from 19.3% in 2017 to 22.3% in 2019 and 20.6% in 2021. (lower is better)

Alabama Physical Activity Statistics

  • As much as 31.5% of Alabama adults said they did not engage in any physical activity in 2021
  • In Alabama, the percentage of adults who engage in no physical activity has gone up from 28.8% in 2020 to 31.5% in 2021. (lower is better)
  • In 2019, 45.9% of adults in Alabama were getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week
  • Alabama's percentage of adults getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week has gone up from 42.8% in 2015 to 45.9% in 2019. (higher is better)
  • It is estimated that 29.2% of AlabamaÕs adults were doing lifts at least twice a week in 2019
  • In Alabama, the percentage of adults lifting twice per week has gone up from 24.9% in 2013 to 29.2% in 2019. (higher is better)

Graphs

Rate of Obesity in Alabama Adults from 2012 to 2021

Fruit Consumption Among Alabama Adults from 2017 to 2021

Vegetable Consumption Among Alabama Adults from 2017 to 2021

Percentage of Alabama Adults With No Physical Activity from 2017 to 2021


Percentage of Alabama Adults With 150 Minutes of Moderate Physical Activity Per Week from 2013 to 2019


Percentage of Alabama 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
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Some types of cancer
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Death

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

Updated on January 31, 2024
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11 sources cited
Updated on January 31, 2024
  1. Global Obesity Levels.” ProCon, Brittanica.

  2. State of Obesity 2022: Better Policies for a Healthier America.” Trust for America’s Health. 

  3. Adult Obesity Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  4. Childhood Obesity Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  5. Direct medical costs of obesity in the United States and the most populous states.” Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

  6. Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  7. Overweight & Obesity Statistics.” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

  8. Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults, by Household Income and Education — United States, 2011–2014.” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  9. State by State Adult Obesity Rates (2020 and 2021).” Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) 2022 State of Obesity Report.

  10. Why Are Americans Obese?” Public Health.

  11. Fast Food Consumption Among Adults in the United States, 2013–2016.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ada Sandoval
Ada Sandoval
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Ada Sandoval is a B.S. in Nursing graduate and a registered nurse with a heart for abandoned animals. She works as a content writer who specializes in medical-related articles and pet health.
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