Overweight or Obese Adults
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Overweight or Obese Adults
Arkansas County80%
Ashley County80%
Baxter County62%
Benton County65%
Boone County72%
Bowie County, Texas72%
Bradley County77%
Calhoun County77%
Carroll County67%
Chicot County75%
Clark County68%
Clay County76%
Cleburne County72%
Cleveland County77%
Columbia County79%
Conway County68%
Craighead County74%
Crawford County69%
Crittenden County71%
Cross County74%
Dallas County69%
Desha County76%
Drew County77%
Faulkner County67%
Franklin County67%
Fulton County67%
Garland County67%
Grant County66%
Greene County72%
Hempstead County72%
Hot Spring County66%
Howard County72%
Independence County72%
Izard County68%
Jackson County74%
Jefferson County71%
Johnson County69%
Lafayette County71%
Lawrence County70%
Lee County74%
Lincoln County84%
Little River County69%
Logan County67%
Lonoke County69%
Madison County68%
Marion County68%
Miller County74%
Mississippi County70%
Monroe County82%
Montgomery County66%
Nevada County73%
Newton County69%
Ouachita County77%
Perry County65%
Phillips County82%
Pike County73%
Poinsett County73%
Polk County65%
Pope County66%
Prairie County77%
Pulaski County67%
Randolph County68%
Saline County65%
Scott County67%
Searcy County65%
Sebastian County68%
Sevier County69%
Sharp County69%
St. Francis County78%
Stone County67%
Union County80%
Van Buren County67%
Washington County66%
White County73%
Woodruff County76%
Yell County68%

Source: Arkansas Department of Health







What does this measure?

The percentage of adults who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25. The index is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight. A person with a BMI between 25 and 30 is considered overweight, and those with a BMI over 30 are considered obese.

Why is this important?

Being overweight or obese puts a person at greater risk for a wide variety of serious health problems. Obesity is recognized as a national problem that has grown tremendously over the last three decades, contributing to increases in medical expenditures for treatment of related diseases.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2016, 68% of adults were overweight or obese, up 8 percentage points from 2000 and above the national rate of 65%. Arkansas is 41st in the nation on this indicator. Rates were higher for males (70%) than females (66%) and among black, non-Hispanic adults (75%) than white, non-Hispanics (68%) and Hispanics (61%).

Within the state, six counties had rates 80% or higher - Lincoln, Phillips, Monroe, Ashley, Arkansas and Union. The lowest rate was 62% in Baxter County.

Notes about the data

National data comes from a federal government survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors. Respondents were asked for their height and weight for a computation of Body Mass Index.

Beginning in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control made two changes to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on which this indicator is based. The survey now includes cell-phone users, and a new statistical method is used to weight responses. As a result, changes from 2010 and years prior to 2011 and later may be a result of those technical changes rather than true trends. State and county data and data for subgroups are from the Arkansas Department of Health.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Percent of overweight and obese adults

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overweight or Obese Adults by Race
Black, non-HispanicHispanicMultiracial, non-HispanicWhite, non-Hispanic

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overweight or Obese Adults by Gender

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
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People Living in Poverty Increasing
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