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Delaware Obesity



Delaware obesity statistics

In 2011, Delaware was ranked the 21st most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 28% for adults.

Over the last 15 years, obesity in Delaware has increased by 80%.

  • Currently, the combined rates for overweight and obese adults is 63.8% of their total population of 897,934 (U. S. Census 2010), or almost 600,000 people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      42.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      31.5% among Latinos,

      and 26% among Whites.

  • The rate for diabetes is 8.4% and 29.4% of the population have hypertension.

Delaware childhood obesity statistics

  • As of 2007, 13.3 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 23.4% of Delaware’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 28,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Delaware 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.

Delaware obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Kent County had an obesity rate of 32.1%, a diabetes rate of 10.9%, and a physical inactivity rate of 26.8%.

  • Sussex County was at 29.1% obesity, 9.3% diabetes, and 24.2% physical inactivity.

  • New Castle County showed 26.8% obesity, 7.5% diabetes, and only 21.8% inactivity.

Programs to lose weight and improve health

  • Delaware is among 21 states requiring body mass index (BMI) screening for children and teens.

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

  • Outdoor recreation areas in Delaware include access to rivers, mixed oak forests, bald cypress forests, Appalacian hills, and the Atlantic ocean.

  • Local agriculture provides grain, soybeans, poultry, and dairy. Fresh fruit and vegetable production may be seasonal.

  • Delaware 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 support increased physical activity and healthy nutrition, as well as monitor diabetes, cancer, and tobacco usage.


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