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North Dakota Obesity Statistics


North Dakota obesity statistics

By 2011, North Dakota was ranked the 21st most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 28%.

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 66.1% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 672,591 (U. S. Census 2010), which means almost 450,000 people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      23.6% obese rates among Blacks,

      37.7% among Latinos, and

      27.4% 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 25.4% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 7.5%.

Childhood obesity statistics for North Dakota

  • Approximately 22.3% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 11.4% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 17,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These North Dakota 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 Dakota 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 Rolette County at 37.5%, while Burleigh was the lowest at 25%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Benson, Dunn, McKenzie, Montrail, and Sioux counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Rolette County with a rate of 13.3%. The lowest rates of diabetes were in Burleigh, LaMoure, Richland, and Traill counties, all tied at 6.5%.

  • Rolette County was the least active, and Cass County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, on the Missouri and Red Rivers,Turtle and Killdeer mountains, lakes, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • This state produces its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, dairy, grain, nutritious seeds, and vegetables for a healthy diet. Fresh produce is also available at markets.

  • Other sources of help to reduce North Dakota 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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