Obesity Rates By State: How Much Does Obesity Cost Where You Live?

Obesity Rates By State: How Much Does Obesity Cost Where You Live?

Obesity rates by state are widely published–but did you know that the cost of obesity also varies by location? Obesity is a costly disease–not only for your physical health, but also for your wallet. Getting the right treatment often involves regular exercise and healthy eating. Your doctor can help you find the right medications and treatment program. Here are the states ranked by dollars spent per obese person.

State Obesity cost per state Population Percent of population obese Dollars spent per obese person
District of Columbia $500,000,000 599,657 22% $3,739
Massachusetts $3,511,000,000 6,593,587 21% $2,512
Rhode Island $566,000,000 1,053,209 22% $2,477
Delaware $592,000,000 885,122 27% $2,450
Alaska $459,000,000 698,473 27% $2,416
Maine $767,000,000 1,318,301 25% $2,356
New York $11,114,000,000 19,541,453 25% $2,321
Connecticut $1,719,000,000 3,518,288 21% $2,294
New Jersey $4,447,000,000 8,707,739 23% $2,182
North Dakota $371,000,000 646,844 27% $2,148
Vermont $291,000,000 621,760 22% $2,118
Minnesota $2,800,000,000 5,266,214 25% $2,102
Wisconsin $3,078,000,000 5,654,774 26% $2,094
Ohio $6,896,000,000 11,542,645 29% $2,089
Pennsylvania $6,997,000,000 12,604,767 27% $2,079
Nebraska $1,002,000,000 1,796,619 27% $2,073
West Virginia $1,171,000,000 1,819,777 31% $2,069
Maryland $3,032,000,000 5,699,478 26% $2,046
Indiana $3,520,000,000 6,423,113 27% $2,000
Tennessee $3,656,000,000 6,296,254 30% $1,923
Illinois $6,368,000,000 12,910,409 26% $1,904
Missouri $3,196,000,000 5,987,580 28% $1,900
Kentucky $2,372,000,000 4,314,113 29% $1,896
South Dakota $409,000,000 812,383 27% $1,872
Michigan $5,349,000,000 9,969,727 29% $1,863
New Hampshire $594,000,000 1,324,575 24% $1,861
Louisiana $2,383,000,000 4,492,076 29% $1,836
Florida $8,079,000,000 18,537,969 24% $1,808
Iowa $1,435,000,000 3,007,856 27% $1,787
Washington $2,977,000,000 6,664,195 25% $1,759
California $15,223,000,000 36,961,664 24% $1,745
North Carolina $4,599,000,000 9,380,884 28% $1,732
Kansas $1,327,000,000 2,818,747 27% $1,731
Oregon $1,678,000,000 3,825,657 25% $1,727
Colorado $1,637,000,000 5,024,748 19% $1,724
Montana $379,000,000 974,989 23% $1,712
Alabama $2,505,000,000 4,708,708 31% $1,705
Virginia $3,387,000,000 7,882,590 25% $1,692
South Carolina $2,291,000,000 4,561,242 30% $1,691
Hawaii $470,000,000 1,295,178 22% $1,665
Mississippi $1,586,000,000 2,951,996 33% $1,653
Oklahoma $1,721,000,000 3,687,050 30% $1,582
Nevada $1,048,000,000 2,643,085 25% $1,580
Georgia $4,226,000,000 9,829,211 28% $1,541
Wyoming $203,000,000 544,270 24% $1,535
Utah $953,000,000 2,784,572 23% $1,521
Arkansas $1,254,000,000 2,889,450 29% $1,517
Texas $10,262,000,000 24,782,302 28% $1,484
Idaho $550,000,000 1,545,801 25% $1,435
New Mexico $663,000,000 2,009,671 25% $1,341
Arizona $2,113,000,000 6,595,778 25% $1,292
Average $2,896,588,235 26% $1,913

Source: NerdWallet Health analysis. CDC Obesity Statistics 2009 via Trust for America’s Health. U.S. Census Bureau State Population Estimate 2009. National Conference of State Legislatures Estimated Obesity-Attributable Expenditures by State 2009.


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