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Iowa Obesity Statistics


Iowa obesity statistics

Iowa was ranked as the 20th most obese state in America in 2011.

The obesity rate in Iowa has increased by more than 70% over the last 15 years to 28.1% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the rate jumps to 65.9% of their total population of 3,046,355 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or more than 2 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes rates have increased to 7.4%. Rates for high blood pressure now stand at 26.5%.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      33% obese rates among Blacks,

      29.5% among Latinos,

      and 28.1% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Iowa

  • According to the most recent data of 2007, 11.2% of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 23.7% of Iowa’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 80,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Iowa 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 Iowa obesity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Iowa counties with obese levels over 30% include Boone, Cass, Des Moines, Jasper, and Warren County.

  • Only Johnson County has an obesity level under 25%.

  • Woodbury county has the highest diabetes rate at 8.3%, while Johnson and Sioux have the lowest rates, both at 6.4%.

  • Physical activity levels are the lowest in Webster County and the most active people live in Johnson County.

Improving the weight loss environment

  • Iowa is among 21 other states that require BMI or body mass index screening and weight assessments of children and teens. They also have a farm-to-school program.

  • Outdoor recreation areas for physical activity include the Mississippi River, many natural and man-made lakes, and a few forests, as well as state parks and private recreational facilities. However, most of the land has been converted from tall grass prairie to agriculture.

  • Iowa agriculture has been very productive with grain (corn), soybeans, dairy, poultry, eggs, and meat for a healthy diet. Local farmer’s markets, home gardens, and grocery stores provide year-round fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Iowa 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.

Iowa also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor cancer control, diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular risks, and education programs.

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