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Oklahoma Obesity Statistics


Oklahoma obesity statistics

By 2011, Oklahoma was ranked the 7th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 31.4%.

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 67.1% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 3,751,351 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 2.5 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      41.3% obese rates among Blacks,

      30.3% among Latinos, and

      29.7% 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 31.9% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 10.5%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Oklahoma

  • Approximately 24.9% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 16.4% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 150,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Oklahoma 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.

Oklahoma 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 Jackson County at 33.3%, while Delaware was the lowest at 19.7%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Gallia, Lawrence, Morrow, and Pike counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Adair County with a rate of 12.8%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Grady County at 8.2%.

  • McCurtain County was the least active, and Cleveland County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Oklahoma 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.

  • In addition, they require measuring weight or BMI (body mass index) in children and teens.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available in the Ozarks, Ouachita, Arbuckle, and Wichita Mountains, numerous rivers and lakes, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Santa Fe Trail and Trail of Tears National Trails, national and state parks, national and state forests, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

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

  • Other sources of help to reduce Oklahoma 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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