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Arizona Obesity Statistics


Arizona obesity statistics

As of 2011, Arizona was ranked as the 35th most obese state in America.

Over the last 15 years, the obesity rate in Arizona has doubled to 25.4% for adults.

  • The combined rates for overweight and obese adults is 63.7% of their total population of 8,392,017 (U. S. Census 2010), or over 5 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • Along with gaining weight, diabetes has more than doubled since 1995 to 9.2% and almost 25% of the population has high blood pressure.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      35.9% obese rates among Blacks,

      32.3% among Latinos,

      and 23.3% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Arizona

  • As of 2007, 17.8 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 26.3% of Arizona’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 400,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

Arizona obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) most recent information, Arizona counties with obese levels over 30% include Apache, Graham, Greenlee, and La Paz County.

  • Coconino County had the lowest level at 20.5% obese adults.

  • Diabetes rates are highest with rates over 12% in Apache County and Navaho County, and below 6% in Santa Cruz County. Physical activity is highest in Santa Cruz County and lowest in La Paz County.

Helping to lose weight and improve health

  • Arizona is among 20 states choosing school meal standards that are more strict than federal USDA standards and among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards.

  • It has a wonderful climate for outdoor recreation in the fall, winter, and spring months, but summer in the lower desert elevations becomes dangerously hot.

  • The Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world, offers extensive hiking and river activities. The higher plateaus above the Mogollon Rim contains the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine trees in the world.

  • Arizona’s climate promotes successful citrus crops for healthy fresh fruit, several crops of fresh vegetables year-round, and cattle are still part of their economy.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Arizona obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, the YMCA, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, special challenges like Walk On from Blue Cross Blue Shield, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

These Arizona obesity statistics are reported by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, using state and national public health statistical data.


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