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Minnesota Obesity Statistics

Minnesota obesity statistics

In 2011, Minnesota was ranked the 38th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 25.3%. Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 24th most obese state with an overall rate of 14.6% obesity.

  • Combining the rates for overweight and obese adults gives a total of 63.1% of their total population of 5,303,925 according to the U. S. Census 2010, or over 3 million people with an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

  • Rates of high blood pressure have risen to 21.6%, and diabetes rates are at 6.3%.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      28.2% obese rates among Blacks,

      27.1% among Latinos, and

      25.2% among Whites.

Childhood obesity statistics for Minnesota

  • Approximately 23.9% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 11.1 per cent of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 150,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Minnesota 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.

Minnesota obesity county rankings

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, Beltrami and Winona counties tied for the highest rate of obesity at 28.9% and Hennepin had the lowest at 22.2%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 28% obese levels: Anoka, Becker, Carlton, Chippewa, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Lyon, Mahnomen, Martin, Meeker, Morrison, Pine, Renville, Rock, Roseau, Scott, Steele, Todd, and Waseca counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest at 7.9% in Mahnomen County, and the lowest rates of diabetes was 5.9% in Hennepin County.

  • Mahnomen County is also the least active, and Hennepin County reports the most active people.

State programs and resources for improved nutrition and exercise

  • Minnesota is among 16 US states that provide safe street usage for all forms of transportation, including pedestrians and bicyclists. However, they do not require BMI (body mass index) or weight related screening for children and teens.

  • Outdoor recreation areas are available on Lake Superior and over 11,000 other lakes, the Mississippi River and over 6500 other rivers, national and state parks, national and state recreation areas, and national and state forests, city parks, and private recreational facilities.

  • Minnesota produces a diversity of fresh agricultural products, including dairy, meat, poultry and eggs, fresh fruits, vegetables, and cereals for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Minnesota obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health state task force childhood programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

Minnesota also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor chronic conditions and environmental hazards, as well as to establish tobacco reduction initiative programs.

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