Health Behaviors

Adult obesity

Percentage of adults with a body mass index of 30 or higher based on reported height and weight

About this data measure

  • Obesity is a common and costly disease that can cause numerous serious health consequences including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. (Source: CDC)
  • Since 2016, the proportion of obese adults in Rhode Island has increased.
  • Adults with a household income of $15,000-$24,999, those between the ages of 55-64, Black Rhode Islanders, and Multiracial Rhode Islanders are more likely to be obese than other groups.

Measure Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Adult obesity over time

Adult obesity demographic breakout