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Alaska Obesity Statistics


Alaska obesity statistics

As of 2011, Alaska was ranked as the 30th most obese state in America.

Over the last 15 years, the obesity rate in Alaska has increased from 15.7% to 25.9% for adults.

  • The combined rates for overweight and obese adults is 64.9% of their total population of 710,231 (U. S. Census 2010), or over 460,000 people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes has more than doubled since 1996 to 5.9% and over 24% of the population has high blood pressure.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      45% obese rates among Blacks

      28.6% among Latinos

      24.3% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Alaska

  • As of 2007, 14.1 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 26.3% of Alaska’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 26,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

Alaska obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alaskan counties with obese levels over 35% include Dillingham Census Area and North Slope Borough.

  • Counties with the lowest levels under 30% include Aleutians East Borough, Anchorage Municipality, Denali Borough, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Haines Borough, Juneau City and Borough, Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak Island, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area, and Yukatat City and Borough.

  • Diabetes rates are lowest in Juneau City and Borough, which also has the highest rates of physical activity.

Helping to lose weight and improve health

  • Alaska is among 26 states that have established farm to school programs.

  • Agriculture is limited due to the short growing season in Alaska. Farming produces local fresh vegetables and some grains in the summer. A healthy diet is supported with wild products like berries, seafood, fish, and reindeer meat.

  • Rural communities, including isolated Alaskan Natives, usually have to bring food like dairy, grain, fruits, and vegetables into the village by air, at a prohibitively high cost.

  • This state, covering 586,412 square miles, offers some of the most beautiful outdoor recreation areas for physical activities in the world, with the added challenge of extreme seasons and a few dangerous fauna. It also offers ocean and river recreation, with a coastline longer than the sum total of all other US states.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Alaska obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health state task force childhood programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

These Alaska obesity statistics are reported in F as in Fat from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, using state and national public health statistical data.

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