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Montana Obesity Statistics


Montana obesity statistics

By 2011, Montana was ranked the 8th least obese state in America with an obesity rate of 23.8%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 39th most obese state with an overall rate of 13% 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 61.7% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 989,415 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 600,000 people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      17.1% obese rates among Blacks,

      22.9% among Latinos, and

      22.9% 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 25.7% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 6.8%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Montana

  • Approximately 22.5% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 11.8% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 25,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Montana 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.

Montana 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 Rosebud County at 39.8%, while Gallatin was the lowest at 17.2%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Big Horn, Blaine, Glacier, and Hill counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Big Horn County with a rate of 11.3%. The lowest rate of diabetes was 4% in Gallatin County..

  • Blaine County was the least active, and Missoula County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available in the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, rivers, lakes, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Montana’s climate is suitable for ranching, but limits regular agricultural production. However, home gardens, seasonal farmer’s markets, and grocery stores provide for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Montana 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 diabetes, nutrition plans, immunization, and HIV rates.

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