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District Of Columbia Obesity Statistics



District of Columbia obesity statistics

In 2011, the District of Columbia was the second least obese state in America (Colorado is the least obese state) with an obesity rate of 21.7% for adults.

While other states have doubled over the last 15 years, the obesity rate in the District of Columbia has only increased by 70%.

  • Currently, the combined rates for overweight and obese adults is 54.8% of their total population of 601,723 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or over 300,000 people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      34.4% obese rates among Blacks,

      18.1% among Latinos,

      and 9.3% among Whites.

  • The rate for diabetes is 8.8% and 27.3% of the population have hypertension.

District of Columbia childhood obesity statistics

  • As of 2007, 20.1 per cent of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 19% of their population is under the age of 18, making up to 23,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These District of Columbia 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

  • The District of Columbia joins 29 states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards. They also have established farm-to-school programs.

  • Outdoor recreation is available on the Potomac River, national parks like the Chesapeake and Ohio River National Historical Park, local parks, green spaces, extensive walking areas around the monuments in the U.S. capital, and private recreational facilities.

  • Local food markets and international cuisine make a diversified diet available in many areas.

  • Additional help for obese children and adults is available through the efforts of private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, local government initiatives, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

They also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to track diabetes, breast and cervical cancer, tobacco usage, assess screening programs, and promote public health education.


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