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Rhode Island Obesity Statistics

Rhode Island obesity statistics

By 2011, Rhode Island was ranked the 10th least obese state in America with an obesity rate of 24.3%.

Fifteen years ago, it was also ranked the 10th least obese state with an overall rate of 12.8% 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 61.7% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 1,052,567 U. S. Census 2010, which means almost 650,000 people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      35.6% obese rates among Blacks,

      30.9% among Latinos, and

      23.3% 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 28.3% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 7.4%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Rhode Island

  • Approximately 21.5% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 14.4% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 30,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Rhode Island 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.

Rhode Island 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 Providence County at 25%. Next was Kent at 24.5%, Newport at 20.5%, and Washington County at 20.4%. Bristol County was the lowest at 19.9%.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Kent and Providence counties which were tied at 7.8%. Newport County was 6.2%, and Bristol was tied with Washington for the lowest rate at 6.1%.

  • Providence County was the least active, and Washington County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Rhode Island joins 16 states with laws that assure safety on the streets for all travelers including pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobiles.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Atlantic Ocean, Narragansett Bay, state parks and forests, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Rhode Island produces its own fresh agricultural products, including dairy, poultry, eggs, and vegetables for a healthy diet.

  • Other sources of help to reduce Rhode Island 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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