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Missouri Obesity Statistics


Missouri obesity statistics

By 2011, Missouri was ranked the 11th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 30.3%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 7th most obese state with an overall rate of 16.9% obesity.

  • When you combine the rates for people who are in the overweight category with those who are actually obese, there is a total of 65.6% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 5,988,927 (U. S. Census 2010), which means close to 4 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      38.2% obese rates among Blacks,

      29% among Latinos, and

      29.5% among Whites.

  • Two serious health problems associated with increased overweight and obesity are high blood pressure and diabetes.

    In this U.S. state, rates of high blood pressure have risen to 29.1% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 8.8%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Missouri

  • Approximately 23.9% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 13.6% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 200,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Missouri 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.

Missouri obesity: county rankings for obese percentage, diabetes, physical inactivity

  • According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, the county with the highest rate of obesity was Buchanan County at 34.5%, while Cole was the lowest at 27.9%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Andrew, Benton, Bollinger, Butler, Caldwell, Callaway, Cedar, Clark, Clinton, Cooper, Crawford, Dallas, Daviess, DeKalb, Dent, Dunklin, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Howell, Iron, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Laclede, Lafayette, Lincoln, Linn, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Mississippi, Monroe, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Pettis, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Ray, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shannon, St. Francois, St. Louis city, Ste. Genevieve, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, and Wright counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in St. Louis city with a rate of 10.8% and Buchanan and Pemiscot counties tied at 9.3%. The lowest rates of diabetes were 7.9% in Christian, Jasper, Laclede, Scotland, St. Louis County, and Wright county..

  • Dunklin County was the least active, and St. Charles County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Missouri is among 21 US states that require BMI (body mass index) or weight related screening for children and teens.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Missouri produces its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, poultry and eggs, dairy, grain including rice, fresh fruits such as grapes, and vegetables for a healthy diet.

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

This state also uses the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to monitor risky lifestyles like physical inactivity, smoking, low intake of fruits and vegetables, or reduced health screenings.

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