Adult obesity: facts and figures

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 (BMI), 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. In 2017, more than 1 in 4 (28%) of adults in Minnesota were obese and more than 6 in 10 (65%) Minnesota adults were either overweight or obese. The proportion of obese adults has risen since 2011.


Overweight and obesity by age in Minnesota

 
Data are for 2017.
 

Age and obesity are related for Minnesota adults. The youngest adults (18-24 years) are least likely to be obese or overweight, with 43% of adults in this age group appearing in either category. Obesity is highest among Minnesotans 45-64 years of age, with 33% of adults in this age group obese. In fact, 7 in 10 adults aged 45 years or older are either overweight or obese.


Overweight and obesity by race/ethnicity in Minnesota

 
Data are for 2017. These categories are mutually exclusive: race categories are non-Hispanic unless otherwise noted and people of Hispanic ethnicity could report any race. The sample size for Minnesotans reporting non-Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Alaskan Native race/ethnicity was too small to report here.
 

For most of the race/ethnicity groups, more than 60% of adults are either overweight or obese. However, there are still race/ethnicity differences in the proportion of Minnesotans that are obese and overweight.

  • Nearly 4 in 10 (39%) of Minnesota adults that identify as American Indian or Alaska Native were obese, which was much higher than most of the other race/ethnicity categories (except for Hispanic Minnesotans or Minnesotans that identify as multiracial).
  • 8 in 10 (81%) of Minnesota adults that identify as multiracial were either overweight or obese, which was much higher than those that identify as white, black, Asian, or other race.
  • Only 46% of Minnesota adults that identify as Asian were overweight or obese.

 


Overweight and obesity by gender in Minnesota

 
Data are for 2017.
 

In Minnesota, higher proportions of adult men are overweight or obese, compared to women. A third of men (30%) are obese compared to a quarter of women (26%).


Overweight and obesity by income and education in Minnesota

 
Data are for 2017.
 
 
Data are for 2017.
 

Obesity affects Minnesotans of all income and education levels. For all household income groups, more than 60% of adults are either overweight or obese. Obesity is slightly less common among college graduates than other groups. Obesity is also slightly less common among Minnesota adults with the highest household income of $75,000 or more a year. However, overweight is slightly less common among those with the lowest household income less than $25,000 a year.