Obesity Facts

National Obesity: A growing trend

  • Nationally, two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and teens are currently obese or overweight.
  • Since 1980, adult obesity rates have doubled.
  • Since 1980, child and adolescent obesity rates have almost tripled.
  • If obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states could have rates above 50 percent, and all 50 states could have rates above 44 percent.

Adult Obesity Rates, 2011


Projected Adult Obesity Rates, 2030
Source: F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012, Trust for America’s Health

Georgia Obesity

Georgia has one of the highest rates of obesity in the nation:


  • The percentage of obese adults has increased rapidly in all regions of the state
    • 73% of Georgia’s males are overweight or obese
    • 59% of Georgia’s females are overweight or obese
  • 28% of Georgia’s adults were obese in 2011. In 1995, 14% were obesity.
  • 66% of Georgia’s adult are overweight or obese


  • Georgia ranks second in the nation for childhood obesity.
  • 21.3% of Georgia’s children are obese.
  • 37.3% of Georgia’s children are overweight or obese.
  • Georgia ranks third in the nation for children who are overweight or obese.
  • Children who are minority, from low-income households, and from rural areas are more likely to be obese.

Georgia obesity trends maps, 1993 - 2009

Obesity and Disease

  • Obese adults are at increased risk of developing more than 20 major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis, gall bladder disease and some cancers. Children are at increased risk for hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, as well as low self-esteem.
  • In just a decade, the number of newly diagnosed diabetes cases in the U.S. nearly doubled. By 2050, as many as one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes.
  • Georgia ranks 12th among states with the highest rates of adult diabetes.

The Cost of Obesity

  • Obesity costs Georgia an estimated $2.4 billion annually, which includes direct health care costs and lost productivity from disease, disability and death.
  • Obesity is expected to cost the U.S. $344 billion a year in related health costs by 2018.
  • People who are obese have average annual medical expenses more than $1,400 higher than for normal-weight people.
  • Obesity-related medical costs are nearly 10 percent of all annual medical spending.

*Statistics compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources.