Today's Health Epidemic

Chronic diseases are the greatest health epidemics of our time and their costly effects on all of us are rising rapidly. The economic costs associated with obesity alone are anticipated to double every decade, to nearly a trillion dollars annually by 2030, if current trends continue. The human costs are equally as urgent, with chronic diseases causing 7 out of every 10 deaths in the U.S. and nearly 60% of all deaths worldwide.

The State of Obesity, a collaborative project by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health, has released the following data and maps, showing that obesity rates remain very high in the United States. Rising rates put Americans at risk for a whole range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

Note: A change in methodology makes direct comparisons to data collected prior to 2011 difficult. This is indicated by a break in the trend lines between 2010 and 2011. Read the full rates and ranks methodology for more information.