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Idaho Obesity Statistics

Idaho obesity statistics

Idaho was ranked as the 32nd most obese state in America in 2011.

The obesity rate in Idaho has increased by more than 80% over the last 15 years to 25.7% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the rate jumps to 62.1% of their total population of 1,567,582 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or almost 1 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes rates have increased since 1996 to 7.7%. Rates for high blood pressure now stand at 25.2%.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      29.6% obese rates among Latinos,

      25.1% among Whites,

      while data for obese rates among Blacks was not available.

Childhood obesity statistics for Idaho

  • According to the most recent data of 2007, 11.8% of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 27.1% of Idaho’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 50,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Idaho 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 Idaho obesity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Idaho counties with obese levels over 29% include Adams, Bingham, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Idaho, Lincoln, Minidoka, Nez Perce, and Shoshone County.

  • Only Blaine County had obese rates under 20%.

  • Bingham county has the highest diabetes rate at 10.2%, and Blaine has the lowest rate at 5.0%.

  • Physical activity levels are the lowest in Bear Lake, Benewah, and Shoshone County and the highest in Blaine County.

Improving the weight loss environment

  • Outdoor recreation areas for physical activity may be available in the Sawtooth and other mountain ranges, on the Snake and other rivers, Hells Canyon, No Return Wilderness Area, many lakes, as well as state parks and private recreational facilities.

  • A shorter growing season limits agricultural produce (boutique wineries and breweries are an exception), but people rely on farmers markets, grocery stores, and home gardens for fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Idaho 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.

Idaho also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor prevention programs for alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, as well as nutrition and chronic disease programs.

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