Obesity Rates Rise in North Dakota, Minnesota


Minnesota’s adult obesity rate rose to 28.4 percent in 2017 but continued to outperform neighboring states with a slower rate of increase.

North Dakota’s 2017 adult obesity rate was 33.2 percent.

The Minnesota adult obesity rate increased 0.7 percentage points between 2016 and 2017. Minnesota also continued a recent trend of being lower than Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Minnesota is now the last state in the Midwest, a 12-state census region, with an obesity rate below 30 percent. The national rate also rose to 30.1 percent, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Minnesota’s obesity rate has remained well under the national obesity rate since 2007.