A new Gallup poll shows nationwide, the U.S. obesity rate increased to 27.1% in 2013, the highest "Gallup and Healthways" have recorded since tracking began in 2008.
The obesity rate in North Carolina is a tick above the national average at 28.1%.
Gallup and Healthways track U.S. obesity levels as part of the "Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index," using Americans' self-reported height and weight to calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) scores. BMI scores of 30 or higher are considered obese.
Adult obesity rates are above 15% in all but one of the 189 metro areas that Gallup and Healthways surveyed in 2012 and 2013. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 program had a goal of reducing obesity to 15% in each state. No state and only one U.S. metro area, Boulder, Colorado, has achieved that goal.