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New Hampshire Obesity Statistics


New Hampshire obesity statistics

By 2011, New Hampshire was ranked the 33rd most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 25.6%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 12th least obese state with an overall rate of 12.9% 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 63% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 1,316,470 according to the U. S. Census 2010, which means over 800,000 people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      32.5% obese rates among Blacks,

      24% among Latinos, and

      25.8% 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 7.4%.

Childhood obesity statistics for New Hampshire

  • Approximately 21.8% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 12.8% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 35,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These New Hampshire 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.

New Hampshire 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 Coos County at 29.1%, while Carroll was the lowest at 21.9%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 25% obese levels: Belknap, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Strafford, and Sullivan counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Strafford County with a rate of 8.3%. The lowest rates of diabetes were 6.8% in Grafton and Rockingham counties.

  • Coos County was the least active, and Grafton County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available at the Atlantic Ocean, the White Mountains and National Forest, the Appalachian Trail, state forests, lakes, rivers, and parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • New Hampshire produces its own fresh agricultural products, including dairy, meat, poultry and eggs, fresh fruits such as apples, and seasonal vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce New Hampshire 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 smoking, drugs, and alcohol, to monitor diabetes, cancer, asthma, and children’s health.

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