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Connecticut Obesity Statistics



Connecticut obesity statistics

In 2011, Connecticut was the third least obese state in America with an obesity rate of 21.8% for adults.

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

  • Currently, the combined rates for overweight and obese adults is 59.8% of their total population of 3,574,097 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or over 2 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      39.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      29% among Latinos,

      and 20.8% among Whites.

  • The rate for diabetes is 6.9% and 25.7% of the population have hypertension.

Connecticut childhood obesity statistics

  • As of 2007, 12.5 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 23% of Connecticut’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 100,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

Connecticut obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Connecticut counties obesity rates ranged from a low of 18.1% in Fairfield County to a high of 28.2% in Windham County.

  • Diabetes rates followed the same pattern with the lowest rate in Fairfield and the highest in Windham.

  • Physical activity levels, however, were the highest in Litchfield and the lowest in New Haven County.

These Connecticut 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.

  • Outdoor recreation areas include rivers and mixed forests, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, among others.

  • Local agriculture provides poultry, eggs, dairy, cattle, shellfish, and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Connecticut 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 quality of care provided under community contracts, arthritis, overweight or obesity, cardiovascular disease, visual impairment, and recommended screenings.


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