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Colorado Obesity Statistics



Colorado obesity statistics

In 2011, Colorado is still the least obese state in America with an obesity rate of 19.8% for adults.

While other states have doubled over the last 15 years, the obesity rate in Colorado has only increased by 80%.

  • Currently, the combined rates for overweight and obese adults is 56.2% of their total population of 5,029,196 (U. S. Census 2010), or almost 3 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      27.9% obese rates among Blacks,

      24.8% among Latinos,

      and 18.3% among Whites.

  • The rate for diabetes is 5.9% and 21.2% of the population have hypertension.

Colorado childhood obesity statistics

  • As of 2007, 14.2 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese. Unfortunately, between 2003 and 2007, childhood obesity increased faster than any other state except Nevada

  • Approximately 24.4% of Colorado’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 174,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

Colorado obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, only one Colorado county shows obese levels over 25%: Baca County.

  • Counties with obese levels under 15% include Boulder, Chaffee, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, La Plata, Pitkin, Routt, San Miguel, and Summit County.

  • Adams County has the highest diabetes rate and physical activity levels are lowest in Adams, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Logan, Moffat, Otero, Prowers, and Rio Grande Counties.

These Colorado 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.

Programs to lose weight and improve health

  • Colorado 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. They also have established farm-to-school programs.

  • It is among 16 states requiring roads to be designed for all users including bicyclists.

  • Colorado offers beautiful outdoor recreation areas in the Rocky Mountains, high elevation prairies, forests, and rivers. There are 41 national wilderness areas open to hiking and camping, as well as national parks, state parks, national forests, historic trails, national recreation areas, state forests, national and state wildlife refuges, and private recreational facilities.

  • People have speculated that the high elevation helps lower the obesity rates by stimulating the metabolism, but with 54 mountains available over 14,000 feet high (4,267 meters), people can get a very good physical workout by hiking and mountain climbing.

  • Local agriculture provides grain and livestock, but because of the cold winters, fresh fruits and vegetable production may be seasonal.

  • Colorado obesity levels have been reduced through the efforts of 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 track health issues like tobacco use, diabetes, arthritis, disabilities, survey minority health, and assist local providers.


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