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Pennsylvania Obesity Statistics
Pennsylvania obesity statistics
By 2011, Pennsylvania was ranked the 19th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 28.5%.
Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 13th most obese state with an overall rate of 16.2% 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 64.7% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.
Their total population is 12,702,379 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 8 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.
- Racial and ethnic categories show
39.4% obese rates among Blacks,
34.5% among Latinos, and
27.7% 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 28.9% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 9.4%.
Childhood obesity statistics for Pennsylvania
- Approximately 22% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 15% 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 Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania 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 Blair County at 33.6%, while Chester was the lowest at 22.1%.
- In addition, the following counties were over 30% obese levels: Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Dauphin, Fayette, Juniata, Mifflin, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Washington, Wyoming, and York counties.
- Diabetes rates were highest in Fayette County with a rate of 10.7%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Berks County at 7%.
- Greene County was the least active, and Chester County reports the most active people.
State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition
- Pennsylvania 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.
- It also joins 21 other states requiring BMI or body mass index or other weight measurements for children and teens.
- Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available in national and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.
- Pennsylvania produces its own fresh agricultural products, including meat, poultry, dairy, mushrooms, fruits, and vegetables for a healthy diet.
- Other sources of help to reduce Pennsylvania 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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