Adult obesity

Overweight and obesity in Minnesota adults:

Overweight and obesity measures displayed on this page are for adults age 18 and older living in Minnesota households. Weight status categories are determined using Body Mass Index, a number calculated using a person's weight and height. Determine which weight status category applies to you using CDC's BMI calculator.

Body Mass Index

BMI (kg/m2) Weight status category
below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 Normal
25.0 - 29.9 Overweight
30 and above Obese

BMI is not a direct measure of body fatness, but it provides a good estimate. BMI does not distinguish between muscle and fat. Some people such as athletes may be categorized as overweight even though they do not have too much body fat. Unless otherwise noted, differences described on this page are statistically significant.

Overweight and obesity in Minnesota

The gap indicates a change in survey methods. Estimates from 2000-2010 should not be compared to estimates from 2011 and later.

Obesity increased between 2000 and 2008 among Minnesota adults, but has been relatively stable in recent years. More years of data will be needed to interpret what the increase in obesity between 2013 and 2014 to 27.6% means for long-term trends.

Overweight and obesity by age in Minnesota

Data are for 2014.

Obesity is highest among Minnesotans 45-64 years of age. Over 70% of adults in this age group are overweight or obese.

Overweight and obesity by sex in Minnesota

Data are for 2014.

In Minnesota, higher proportions of men are overweight and obese compared to women.

Overweight and obesity by education in Minnesota

Data are for 2014.

Obesity is less common among college graduates than other groups. There are not significant differences in the proportion of adults who are overweight by education group.

Overweight and obesity by income in Minnesota

Data are for 2014.

Obesity affects Minnesotans of all incomes. For all household income groups, over 60% of adults are either overweight or obese.