## What is the obesity rate in Iowa?

In Iowa, 36.5% of the adult population is obese, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Monitoring System

The age group with the highest adult incidence of obesity is 45 - 54 years old with 44.8% of this population. The obesity rate is higher for Male (36.8%) in Iowa. Find also the relationship between income/education and obesity in Iowa.

- What is the obesity rate in Iowa?
- Which gender has the highest rate of obesity in Iowa?
- What is the obesity rate in Iowa by Income?

#### Defining Adult Obesity

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to define healthy, overweight and obesity. Use the BMI Calculator to find your BMI.

- If your BMI is < 18.5: Underweight range.
- If your BMI is 18.5 to <25: Healthy weight range.
- If your BMI is 25.0 to <30: Overweight range.
- If your BMI <= 30.0: Obesity range.

### Obesity rates evolution in Iowa

Year | Obesity rate in Iowa | Obesity rate in the USA |
---|---|---|

2011 | 29% | 27.4% |

2012 | 30.4% | 27.7% |

2013 | 31.3% | 28.3% |

2014 | 30.9% | 28.9% |

2015 | 32.1% | 28.9% |

2016 | 32% | 29.6% |

2017 | 36.4% | 30.1% |

2018 | 35.3% | 30.9% |

2019 | 33.9% | 31.4% |

2020 | 36.5% | 31.9% |

## Obesity rates by age group in Iowa

### What age group has the highest obesity rate in Iowa?

In Iowa, the age group with the highest incidence of obesity is 45 - 54 years old. 44.8% of the population is obese.

The age group with the lowest obesity rate is 18 - 24 years old, with 23.1% of this population.

- 23.1% of people 18 - 24 years old are obese.
- 36.8% of people 25 - 34 years old are obese.
- 41.7% of people 35 - 44 years old are obese.
- 44.8% of people 45 - 54 years old are obese.
- 41.7% of people 55 - 64 years old are obese.
- 31.8% of people 65 or older years old are obese.

### Obesity rates by age group in Iowa

Age range | Obesity rate in Iowa | Sample size |
---|---|---|

18 - 24 | 23.1% | 687 |

25 - 34 | 36.8% | 894 |

35 - 44 | 41.7% | 1,238 |

45 - 54 | 44.8% | 1,325 |

55 - 64 | 41.7% | 1,601 |

65 or older | 31.8% | 2,947 |

## Obesity rates by gender in Iowa

### Which gender has the highest rate of obesity in Iowa?

The obesity rate is higher for Males (36.8%) in Iowa. Female obesity rate is 36.2%.

An important risk factor for the onset of obesity is gender. In the majority of the population, women have a twice-as-high risk of being overweight or obese. In addition, women have a twofold higher mortality risk than overweight men and are more likely to experience physical and psychological comorbidities associated with obesity.

### Obesity rates by gender in Iowa

Year | Females | Males |
---|---|---|

2011 | 27.4% | 30.4% |

2012 | 29.3% | 31.5% |

2013 | 30.1% | 32.4% |

2014 | 29.8% | 32% |

2015 | 29.3% | 34.8% |

2016 | 30% | 33.8% |

2017 | 36.4% | 36.4% |

2018 | 34.6% | 36% |

2019 | 32.6% | 35.2% |

2020 | 36.2% | 36.8% |

## Obesity rates by income and education in Iowa

In Iowa, the income group with the highest incidence of obesity is $25,000 - $34,999. 44.8% of the population is obese.

The income group with the lowest obesity rate is $75,000 or greater, with 33.9% of this population.

- 42.1% of people Less than $15,000 yearly income in Iowa are obese.
- 40.6% of people $15,000 - $24,999 yearly income in Iowa are obese.
- 44.8% of people $25,000 - $34,999 yearly income in Iowa are obese.
- 35.8% of people $35,000 - $49,999 yearly income in Iowa are obese.
- 41% of people $50,000 - $74,999 yearly income in Iowa are obese.
- 33.9% of people $75,000 or greater yearly income in Iowa are obese.

Use our BMI calculator for women or our BMI calculator for men to find what your BMI.

### Obesity rates by income in Iowa

Yearly income | Obesity rate |
---|---|

Less than $15,000 | 42.1% |

$15,000 - $24,999 | 40.6% |

$25,000 - $34,999 | 44.8% |

$35,000 - $49,999 | 35.8% |

$50,000 - $74,999 | 41% |

$75,000 or greater | 33.9% |

### Obesity rates by education in Iowa

Education group | Obesity rate |
---|---|

College graduate | 30% |

High school graduate | 35.4% |

Less than high school | 35.9% |

Some college or technical school | 35.3% |