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North Carolina Obesity Statistics

North Carolina obesity statistics

By 2011, North Carolina was ranked the 14th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 29.4%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 12th least obese state with an overall rate of 16.3% 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 65.5% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 9,535,483 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 6 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      42.4% obese rates among Blacks,

      26% among Latinos, and

      26.7% 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 29.9% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 9.6%.

Childhood obesity statistics for North Carolina

  • Approximately 24.3% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 18.6% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 400,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These North Carolina 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.

North Carolina 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 Robeson County at 38.6%, while Buncombe and Orange counties tied for the lowest at 22.2%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Alamance, Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Caldwell, Camden, Caswell, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, McDowell, Montgomery, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stokes, Swain, Tyrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wilson, and Yadkin counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Halifax County with a rate of 13%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Orange County at 6.7%.

  • Robeson County was the least active, and Orange County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • North Carolina is among 29 US states that restrict the sale of competitive foods in schools more than federal requirements, and joins 21 other states that require BMI or body mass index or other weight related measurements for children and teens.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas that may be used to reduce North Carolina obesity are available on the Atlantic Ocean and Outer Banks, in the Appalachian, Great Smoky, Blue Ridge, Great Balsam, Black Mountains, and the Piedmonts, among others, numerous rivers, National Parks including Great Smoky Mountains Park, Appalachian Scenic Trail, Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • North Carolina produces its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, dairy, poultry and eggs, sweet potatoes, soybeans, niche fruits and vegetables such as organic products, for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce North Carolina 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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