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Arkansas Obesity Statistics


Arkansas obesity statistics

As of 2011, Arkansas was ranked as the ninth most obese state in America.

Over the last 15 years, the obesity rate in Arkansas has almost doubled to 30.6% for adults.

  • The combined rates for overweight and obese adults is 66.5% of their total population of 2,915,918 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or almost 2 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, the diabetes rate is 9.6% and 31.6% of the population has hypertension.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      41.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      30.1% among Latinos,

      and 29.8% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Arkansas

  • As of 2007, 20.4 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 24.6% of Arkansas population is under the age of 18, making up to 146,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Arkansas 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.

Arkansas obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) most recent information, Arkansas counties with obese levels over 35% include Arkansas County, Ashley, Chicot, Crittenden, Desha, Jefferson, Lee, Miller, and Phillips County.

  • Counties with the lowest levels under 30% include Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cleburne, Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Fulton, Garland, Independence, Izard, Logan, Madison, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Saline, Sebastian, Sharp, Union, Washington, and White County.

  • Critenden County has the highest diabetes rate and physical activity levels are lowest in Phillips and St. Francis County.

Helping to lose weight and improve health

  • Arkansas 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 is among 21 states that require body mass index (BMI) screening for children and teens.

  • Organizations within the state promote increased access to physical activity. Outdoor recreation areas are available on the Mississippi River which forms most of ithe state’s eastern border, and in the Ozark Mountains in the northwest. A dozen Wilderness areas are open to hiking and camping, as well as state parks and private recreational facilities.

  • Arkansas has fertile soil and produces local poultry, eggs, milk, soybeans, cattle, and sorghum. The climate is also suitable for local production of fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Arkansas 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.

The state also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to identify health issues like diabetes, disabilities, conduct outreach and public awareness programs.


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