Overweight or Obese Adults
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Overweight or Obese Adults
Arkansas County76%
Ashley County72%
Baxter County62%
Benton County70%
Boone County75%
Bradley County72%
Calhoun County76%
Carroll County74%
Chicot County73%
Clark County68%
Clay County65%
Cleburne County69%
Cleveland County73%
Columbia County71%
Conway County69%
Craighead County76%
Crawford County71%
Crittenden County75%
Cross County73%
Dallas County74%
Desha County73%
Drew County68%
Faulkner County69%
Franklin County72%
Fulton County67%
Garland County72%
Grant County70%
Greene County75%
Hempstead County76%
Hot Spring County71%
Howard County80%
Independence County79%
Izard County73%
Jackson County75%
Jefferson County73%
Johnson County73%
Lafayette County72%
Lawrence County81%
Lee County71%
Lincoln County74%
Little River County75%
Logan County71%
Lonoke County70%
Madison County71%
Marion County60%
Miller County73%
Mississippi County77%
Monroe County70%
Montgomery County68%
Nevada County71%
Newton County75%
Ouachita County70%
Perry County69%
Phillips County71%
Pike County72%
Poinsett County77%
Polk County75%
Pope County73%
Prairie County74%
Pulaski County71%
Randolph County77%
Saline County70%
Scott County67%
Searcy County71%
Sebastian County81%
Sevier County83%
Sharp County71%
St. Francis County70%
Stone County71%
Union County72%
Van Buren County68%
Washington County69%
White County70%
Woodruff County73%
Yell County72%

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 - Howard, Lawrence, Sebastian and Sevier. Only two were under 65% - Baxter (62%) and Marion (60%).

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
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Change in Population Increasing
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