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Nebraska Obesity Statistics


Nebraska obesity statistics

By 2011, Nebraska was ranked the 24th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 27.6%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 20th most obese state with an overall rate of 15.2% 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 64.6% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 1,826,341 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over one million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      39.6% obese rates among Blacks,

      31.8% among Latinos, and

      27% 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 26.1% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 7.6%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Nebraska

  • Approximately 25.1% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 15.8% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 70,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Nebraska 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.

Nebraska 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 Dakota County at 33.3%, while Lancaster was the lowest at 26.1%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Box Butte, Clay, Custer, Dixon, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gage, Greeley, Hall, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Johnson, Lincoln, McPherson, Merrick, Otoe, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Scotts Bluff, Sherman, Stanton, Thayer, Thurston, Webster, and York counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Thurston County with a rate of 9.5% and Cedar, Cuming, and Custer counties tied for the lowest rates at 6.6%.

  • Thurston County was the least active, and Lancaster County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Nebraska is among 29 US states that regulates the sale of foods at schools that compete with the regular food program.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Platte and Missouri Rivers and others, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities. You can also explore National Historic Trails, including California, Lewis and Clark, Mormon Pioneer, Oregon, and Pony Express Trails.

  • Nebraska produces its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, poultry and eggs, dairy, grain including corn and soybeans, while fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet are seasonal.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Nebraska 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 cancer and diabetes in the state.

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