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South Carolina Obesity Statistics

South Carolina obesity statistics

By 2011, South Carolina was ranked the 8th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 30.9%.

Fifteen years ago, it was also ranked the 8th most obese state with an overall rate of 16.6% 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 66.4% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 4,625,364 according to the U. S. Census 2010, which means over 3 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      40.3% obese rates among Blacks,

      38.2% among Latinos, and

      27.4% 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 31.5% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 10.4%.

Childhood obesity statistics for South Carolina

  • Approximately 23.7% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 15.3% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 160,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These South Carolina 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.

South Carolina obesity: county rankings for obese percentage, diabetes, physical inactivity

  • According to the US CDC, in 2008, the county with the highest rate of obesity was Williamsburg County at 39.5%, while Beaufort was the lowest at 20.6%.

  • In addition, these counties were over 30% obesity levels: Abbeville, Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Hampton, Jasper, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter, and Union counties.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Hampton County at 13.9%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Beaufort County at 6.9%.

  • Dillon County was the least active, and Beaufort County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • South Carolina is among 29 US states that restrict the sale of competitive foods in schools more than federal requirements, and joins 21 other states that require a weight assessment like BMI, or body mass index, for children and teens.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Atlantic Ocean, the Savannah and Chattooga Rivers, the Sandhills, Piedmonts, Blue Ridge mountains, lakes and state forests, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

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

  • Other sources of help to reduce South Carolina 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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