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Kansas Obesity Statistics


Kansas obesity statistics

Kansas was ranked as the 16th most obese state in America in 2011.

The obesity rate in Kansas has more than doubled over the last 15 years to 29% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the rate jumps to 64.9% of their total population of 2,853,118 (U. S. Census 2010), or almost 2 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes rates have almost doubled since 1996 to 8.4%. Rates for high blood pressure now stand at 26.6%.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      41.8% obese rates among Blacks,

      34.7% among Latinos,

      and 28.4% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Kansas

  • According to the most recent data of 2007, 16.2% of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 25% of the population of Kansas is under the age of 18, making up to 100,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Kansas 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 Kansas obesity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Kansas counties with obese levels over 30% include Allen, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Cautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Decatur, Dickinson, Doniphan, Edwards, Elk, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Graham, Grant, Greeley, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Hodgeman, Jackson, Jefferson, Jewell, Kiowa, Labette, Lane, Leavenworth, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Meade, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Osage, Osborne, Pratt, Rawlins, Reno, Republic, Rice, Saline, Scott, Seward, Shawnee, Smith, Stafford, Stanton, Sumner, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, Wichita, Wilson, Woodson, And Wyandotte County.

  • Wyandotte County has the highest rate at 35.4% obese people.

  • Only one county had a level under 25% and that was Johnson County at 23.1%.

  • Wyandotte also has the highest diabetes rate at 10.6%, and Johnson has the lowest rate at 6.4%.

  • In addition, physical activity levels are the lowest in Wyandotte County and the highest in Johnson County, where people get almost twice the daily exercise as those in Wyandotte.

Improving the weight loss environment

  • Outdoor recreation areas for physical activity are available on the Missouri and Arkansas Rivers, on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe National Historic Trails, as well as in state parks and private recreational facilities.

  • Kansas produces an abundance of meat, grain, and soybeans. Local fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, poultry, and eggs for a healthy diet are available in farmer’s markets and grocery stores.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Kansas 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.

Kansas also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor physical activity, obesity, diabetes, arthritis incidence and risk factors, cancer, and public education programs.

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