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New Mexico Obesity Statistics


New Mexico obesity statistics

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

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 4th least obese state with an overall rate of 11.6% 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 60.8% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 2,059,179 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 1.25 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      31.7% obese rates among Blacks,

      30.7% among Latinos, and

      20.8% 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 25% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 8.3%.

Childhood obesity statistics for New Mexico

  • Approximately 25.4% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 16% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 80,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These New Mexico 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 Mexico 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 McKinley County at 34.8%, while Santa Fe was the lowest at 12.9%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 25% obese levels: Chaves, Cibola, Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Lea, Luna, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, San Juan, Socorro, and Valencia counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in McKinley County with a rate of 11.8%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Santa Fe County at 3.7%.

  • Curry County was the least active, and Santa Fe County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • New Mexico is among 29 US states that restrict the sale of competitive foods in schools more than federal requirements, and joins 26 other states with a farm-to-school program.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the Old Spanish and Santa Fe National Historic Trails, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • New Mexico produces its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, dairy, nuts (pecans), and vegetables (chili peppers and onions) for a healthy diet. Fresh produce is also available from greenhouse production.

  • Other sources of help to reduce New Mexico 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.

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