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Ohio Obesity Statistics


Ohio obesity statistics

By 2011, Ohio was ranked the 13th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 29.6%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 15th least obese state with an overall rate of 16.1% 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 65.3% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 11,536,504 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 7.5 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      40.8% obese rates among Blacks,

      32.5% among Latinos, and

      28.7% 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 29.1% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 10%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Ohio

  • Approximately 23.5% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 18.5% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 500,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Ohio 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.

Ohio 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 Lawrence County at 34.3%, while Delaware and Hamilton tied for the lowest at 26.6%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Allen, Ashtabula, Athens, Auglaize, Brown, Butler, Clark, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Fairfield, Franklin, Hardin, Henry, Hocking, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Ottawa, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Putnam, Ross, Scioto, Stark, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, and Washington counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Jefferson County with a rate of 11.3%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Medina County at 8.4%.

  • Jackson County was the least active, and Delaware County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Ohio is among 21 US states that requires measuring body mass index, BMI, or other weight measurements for children and teens.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Great Lakes, other lakes, rivers, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Ohio produces its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, dairy, grain, fruit, and vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Ohio 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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