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Kentucky Obesity Statistics


Kentucky obesity statistics

Kentucky was ranked as the 6th most obese state in America in 2011.

The obesity rate in Kentucky has almost doubled over the last 15 years to 31.5% for adults.

  • When you combine the rates for overweight and obese adults, the rate jumps to 67.1% of their total population of 4,339,367 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or almost 3 million people with increased risks of life-threatening health conditions.

  • In fact, diabetes rates have more than doubled since 1996 to 10.5%. Rates for high blood pressure now stand at 31.6%.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      43.2% obese rates among Blacks,

      33.1% among Latinos,

      and 31% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Kentucky

  • According to the most recent data of 2007, 21% of children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • Approximately 23.5% of Kentucky’s population is under the age of 18, making up to 200,000 young people at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Kentucky 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 Kentucky obesity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, most Kentucky counties have obese levels over 30%, with the following counties over 35%: Breathitt, Floyd, Letcher, Lincoln, Martin, Perry, and Pike County.

  • Counties with levels under 28% include Jessamine, Kenton, and Nelson County.

  • Breathitt and Pike counties have the highest diabetes rates at over 14%, and Boone has the lowest rate at 8.9%. The vast majority of counties are over 10% diabetic.

  • Physical activity levels are the lowest in Carter, Magoffin, and Pike County and the highest in Calloway and Fayette counties.

Improving the weight loss environment

  • Kentucky is among 29 other states that restrict the sale of competitive foods more than federal standards. It also joins 26 other states with farm-to-school programs.

  • Outdoor recreation areas for physical activity are available on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Big Sandy Rivers, on Lake Cumberland and Kentucky Lake, with walking trails in national parks like Mammoth Cave, Daniel Boone National Forest, and recreation areas, as well as state parks and private recreational facilities.

  • With an excellent climate, Kentucky produces an abundance of local fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, poultry, eggs, and meat (cattle, goat, wild turkey) for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Kentucky 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.

Kentucky also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assist immunizations, nutrition (fruit and vegetable consumption), arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco programs, women's health, and public education programs.

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