Overweight or Obese Adults
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Overweight or Obese Adults
Arkansas County62%
Ashley County73%
Baxter County77%
Benton County67%
Boone County71%
Bowie County, Texas70%
Bradley County70%
Calhoun County81%
Carroll County68%
Chicot County71%
Clark County74%
Clay County83%
Cleburne County74%
Cleveland County74%
Columbia County79%
Conway County70%
Craighead County61%
Crawford County66%
Crittenden County71%
Cross County72%
Dallas County75%
Desha County64%
Drew County65%
Faulkner County69%
Franklin County73%
Fulton County75%
Garland County53%
Grant County69%
Greene County74%
Hempstead County69%
Hot Spring County68%
Howard County73%
Independence County78%
Izard County80%
Jackson County71%
Jefferson County69%
Johnson County79%
Lafayette County73%
Lawrence County73%
Lee County72%
Lincoln County69%
Little River County68%
Logan County73%
Lonoke County70%
Madison County68%
Marion County74%
Miller County74%
Mississippi County71%
Monroe County67%
Montgomery County69%
Nevada County77%
Newton County74%
Ouachita County78%
Perry County67%
Phillips County73%
Pike County69%
Poinsett County71%
Polk County73%
Pope County74%
Prairie County75%
Pulaski County69%
Randolph County76%
Saline County68%
Scott County70%
Searcy County76%
Sebastian County69%
Sevier County72%
Sharp County76%
St. Francis County40%
Stone County81%
Union County79%
Van Buren County72%
Washington County65%
White County71%
Woodruff County73%
Yell County70%

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 2018, 70% of adults were overweight or obese, up 5 percentage points from 2011 and above the national rate of 66%. This rate is unchanged from 2017. Arkansas is 48th in the nation on this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The state's rate is only slightly lower than those in the three highest states, North Dakota (71%), West Virginia (72%), and Mississippi (73%). Rates are higher for males (72%) than females (69%). The rate for males is 2 percentage points higher than in 2011; the rate for females is 9 points higher. Non-Hispanic American Indians & Alaskan Natives (78%), Hispanics (78%) and multiracial, non-Hispanics (76%) had the highest rates by race/ethnicity. Black and White non-Hispanics had the same rate (70%)

Within the state, four counties had rates of 80% or higher - Clay, Stone, Calhoun and Izard. Only two were under 60% - Garland and St. Francis (based on 2017 data, the latest available).

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
American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-HispanicBlack, 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

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable