Overweight and Obesity (BMI)

The pie charts are drawn in proportion to population size. A bigger pie chart denotes more population living in a particular state. On the other hand, the stacked bar chart down below shows the percentage breakdown.

Click the 'Play' button to see the population BMI changes from 1995 to 2011.

To explore changes between any given 2 years, click on the year on the timeline.

Caveats: missing data
1995,1996 : Utah
2004 : Hawaii

This visualization is created by Lih Chen from PackerShack using data from CDC and United States Census Bureau.

I also wrote a blog entry about this infographic. For more information, please visit

Interesting Observation

In 1995, none of the states has an obese population greater than 21%.

By 2011, the leanest state, Colorado, has an obesity rate of slightly greater than 21%.