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Nevada Obesity Statistics


Nevada obesity statistics

By 2011, Nevada was ranked the 39th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 25%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 38th most obese state with an overall rate of 13.1% 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 62% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 2,700,551 according to the U. S. Census 2010, which means over 1 1/2 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      28.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      26.5% among Latinos, and

      24.1% 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 26.3% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 8.3%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Nevada

  • Approximately 25.8% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 15.2% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 100,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Nevada 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.

Nevada 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 White Pine County at 34.9%, while Douglas was the lowest at 21.4%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Mineral, Nye, and Pershing counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Mineral County with a rate of 9.1%. The lowest rate of diabetes was 5.6% in Douglas County..

  • Humboldt County was the least active, and Douglas County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Nevada is among 20 states that have school meal standards more strict than federal requirements, and among 29 states that limit the sale of competitive foods in schools.

    It is also 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 in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley National Park, Lake Mead, Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Colorado River, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Nevada produces fresh agricultural products, including meat, dairy, and some vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Nevada 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 track risky lifestyles like alcoholism and smoking, as well as monitor cancers and HIV .

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