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Illinois Obesity Statistics


Illinois obesity statistics

Illinois was ranked as the 23rd most obese state in America in 2011.

The obesity rate in Illinois has increased by more than 80% over the last 15 years to 27.7% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the rate jumps to 63.7% of their total population of 12,830,632 (U. S. Census 2010), or more than 8 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes rates have increased since 1996 to 8.4%. Rates for high blood pressure now stand at 27.5%.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      39.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      31.5% among Latinos,

      and 25.5% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Illinois

  • According to the most recent data of 2007, 20.7% of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 24.6% of the population of Illinois is under the age of 18, making up to 650,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Illinois 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 Illinois obesity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Illinois counties with obese levels over 28% include Alexander, Bond, Brown, Douglas, Greene, Grundy, Kankakee, Knox, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Mason, McDonough, Pulaski, Richland, Sangamon, St. Clair, Stephenson, Will, and Williamson County.

  • Counties with the lowest levels under 25% include Cook, DuPage, Kendall, and Lake County.

  • Alexander and Pulaski counties have the highest diabetes rates at over 9%, and McHenry has the lowest rate at 7%.

  • Physical activity levels are the lowest in Grundy County and the highest in DuPage County.

Improving the weight loss environment

  • Illinois is among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards. It joins 26 states that have farm-to-school programs. It joins 21 other states that requires BMI or body mass index screening, or weight screening for children and adolescents. It also joins 16 other states designing roads that are safe for all traffic including bicycles.

  • Outdoor recreation areas for physical activity are available on Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, as well as state parks and private recreational facilities.

  • Agricultural production is high in grains, meat, and dairy. Local farms provide seasonal fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Illinois 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.

Illinois also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor prevention education programs.

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