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Tennessee Obesity Statistics


Tennessee obesity statistics

By 2011, Tennessee was ranked the 4th most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 31.9%.

Fifteen years ago, it was ranked the 10th most obese state with an overall rate of 16.4% 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 68.3% of their population in danger of an increased risk of life-threatening health conditions.

    Their total population is 6,346,105 (U. S. Census 2010), which means over 4.33 million people with additional risks, or dangerous health problems.

  • Racial and ethnic categories show

      40.9% obese rates among Blacks,

      30.3% among Latinos, and

      30.5% 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 32.2% of the population, and diabetes rates are at 10.6%.

Childhood obesity statistics for Tennessee

  • Approximately 23.7% of the population is under the age of 18, and as of 2007, 20.6% of those children and teens, age 10 to 17, were considered obese.

  • This means that up to 300,000 young people may be at risk of developing serious medical conditions.

These Tennessee 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.

Tennessee 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 Hardeman County at 38.4%, while Williamson was the lowest at 26.7%.

  • In addition, Knox was 28.5% and Sumner was 28.8%.

  • All other Tennessee counties were over 29% obesity rates.

  • Diabetes rates were highest in Chester and McNairy County with a rate tied at 12.6%. The lowest rate of diabetes was in Williamson County at 8.4%.

  • White County was the least active, and Williamson County reports the most active people.

State resources for exercise and programs for improved nutrition

  • Tennessee is among 21 US states that requires weight assessment measurements like body mass index (BMI) for children and teens, and joins 26 other states with a farm-to-school program.

  • Outdoor exercise and recreation areas are available on the Mississippi River, Big South Fork, and other rivers, the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and other mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Natchez Trace, Appalachian Scenic Trail, and Trail of Tears, Cherokee national and state forests, wilderness areas, state parks, city parks, school and private recreational facilities.

  • Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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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