New CDC maps for 2019 put adult obesity rates in 12 states at or above 35%: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
That’s up from six states in 2017 and nine states in 2018.
Obesity rates were 35% or higher among Black people in 34 states and the District of Columbia among Hispanics in 15 states, and among white adults in six states.
Along with the maps, the CDC released a summary statement on obesity and race and ethnicity as related to coronavirus infection.
It said obesity worsens COVID-19 outcomes, increasing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death, and that obesity disproportionately affects some minority groups who are also at increased risk for COVID-19.