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Oregon Obesity Statistics


Oregon obesity statistics

By 2011, Oregon was ranked the 35th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 25.4%.

Fifteen years ago, it was also ranked the 35th most obese state with an overall rate of 13.6% 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 61.1% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 3,831,074 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 2.34 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      38.2% obese rates among Blacks,

      25.4% among Latinos, and

      25.3% 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 25.8% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 7.4%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Oregon

  • Approximately 22.8% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 9.6% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 83,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Oregon 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.

Oregon 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 Wasco County at 32.4%, while Deschutes was the lowest at 18%.

  • In addition, the following counties were over 25% obese levels: Baker, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, Jefferson, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wallowa, and Wheeler counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Coos and Douglas County with a rate tied at 9.4%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Deschutes County at 6.0%.

  • Umatilla County was the least active, and Benton County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Oregon 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.

  • Oregon also joins 16 states that require roads provide safety for all users including pedestrians, public transit, and bicyclists.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Pacific Ocean, the Columbia River and other rivers, the Cascade and Coast Mountain ranges, Crater Lake National Park, John Day Fossil Beds, national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Oregon produces its own fresh agricultural products, including fish and seafood, meat, dairy, poultry, eggs, nuts (hazelnuts), fruit including apples, grapes, boysenberries, and vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Oregon obesity levels include private physicians, hospital educational support, church support groups, non-profit organizations, community initiatives, public health obesity programs, and community grants from the federal government, in addition to self-education.

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