Reduce the proportion of adults with obesity — NWS‑03

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
41.8 percent (2017-20) *

36.0 percent  *

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

38.6 percent of adults aged 20 years and over had obesity in 2013-16 *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Reduce the proportion of adults with obesity

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Many adults in the United States have obesity, which is linked to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and several types of cancer. Obesity-related stigma and discrimination can also lead to health problems. Evidence suggests that intensive behavioral interventions that use more than 1 strategy — like group sessions and changes in both diet and physical activity — are an effective way to address obesity.