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Georgia Obesity Statistics


Georgia obesity statistics

Georgia was ranked as the 17th most obese state in America in 2011.

The obesity rate in Georgia has doubled over the last 15 years to 28.7% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the rate jumps to 65.3% of their total population of 9,687,653 (U. S. Census 2010), or more than 6 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes rates have more than doubled since 1996 to 9.7%. Rates for high blood pressure now stand at 29.5%.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      38.1% obese rates among Blacks,

      32.7% among Latinos,

      and 25.6% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Georgia

  • According to the most recent data of 2007, 21.3% of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 26.3% of Georgia’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 500,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Georgia 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.

County rankings for Georgia obesity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Georgia counties with obese levels over 30% include Appling, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Brooks, Bullock, Burke, Calhoun, Candler, Carroll, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clayton, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Effingham, Elbert, Emanuel, Evans, Floyd, Grady, Greene, Hancock, Irwin, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Liberty, Lincoln, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Muscogee, Newton, Peach, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkes, Wilkinson, and Worth County.

  • Counties with the lowest levels under 25% include Cherokee, Cobb, Fayette, Forsyth, and Fulton County.

  • Dougherty county has the highest diabetes rate at 14%, and Cherokee has the lowest rate at 7.8%. The vast majority of counties are over 10% diabetic.

  • Physical activity levels are the lowest in Walker County and the highest in Cobb County.

Improving the weight loss environment

  • Georgia is among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards.

  • Outdoor recreation areas for physical activity may be available in the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the Atlantic ocean, as well as state parks and private recreational facilities.

  • With a humid subtropical climate, Georgia produces an abundance of local fresh fruits (peaches), vegetables, nuts (pecans), grains, milk, poultry, eggs, and meat for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Georgia obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health state task force programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

Georgia also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor physical activity, arthritis incidence and risk factors, osteoporosis, and public education programs.

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